Google has issued an urgent warning to millions of Android users: these icons indicate someone is watching them

Google has issued an urgent warning to millions of Android users: these icons indicate someone is watching them

Tech Highlights:

  • It’s very similar to a warning that already exists on Apple’s rival iPhone. The Google feature was added to phones in the latest Android 12 update. So if you don’t have that, you won’t be able to see it. The new indicator appears in the top right corner of the screen. You’ll see a camera or microphone icon when an app attempts to access either. It prevents apps from surreptitiously listening in — or even watching through your camera. You can also see a rolling log of which apps have access your camera, microphone or location — and when.

  • My Google phone prevented me from dialling 911. For the first time, Apple will allow people to repair their own iPhones – and they’ll even send you the necessary tools. My Tinder date invited me back to his apartment, but his bathroom revealed a dark secret. Beautiful photos show a total solar eclipse over Antarctica, with the moon completely covering the sun. Google alerts millions of Android users when apps may be spying on them. When the microphone or camera is activated, the new feature notifies the user.

That information is available in the new Privacy Dashboard inside Settings. It’s also now possible to entirely deactivate your microphone and camera across the entire phone in your Quick Settings. It’s worth remembering that seeing an icon doesn’t mean anything nefarious is going on. Sometimes an app genuinely needs to use your camera — like Instagram. But if you notice that your camera is being used by a strange app, it could mean you’re being spied on. Cyber experts have uncovered countless apps that have inappropriate access to the camera on Android phones. So make sure you’re using Android 12, and that you stay wary of any foul play.

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