Is Google listening? Check your account history now

Some of us are more paranoid than others about what our phones are listening to and what they do with that information.

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Advertisers and data brokers know so much about you … They don’t need to listen to discover your secrets. Still, you better believe it’s happening.

Worry not. I’m looking out for your security and privacy — because we all know Big Tech companies aren’t.

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I feel like somebody’s watchin’ me

A hidden feature in your Google account is snatching up audio recordings from your web and app activity, interactions with digital assistants, and more.

Google says they’re only listening in for commands and to boost marketing efforts. But this breach of your privacy could lead to way more significant problems.

If a cybercriminal hacks into your Google account or smart devices, they can get their hands on your stored audio and voice data — and it’s all downhill from there. We’re talking about AI voice clones that can gain access to your sensitive accounts, scam your loved ones, or worse.

Luckily, there’s a way you can stop the madness. Here’s how to block Google from eavesdropping. 

Digital earmuffs

Google is smart, but you’re smarter. Follow these steps to protect your privacy. It’s easy on your phone:

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Now, like magic, audio recordings from your interactions with Google Search, Assistant and Maps aren’t saved to your Google account. They won’t get saved on Google’s servers, either. Phew.

However, this will not wipe any previously saved audio recordings. You will have to take care of that separately.

Delete one item at a time:

Delete all items at once:

NOTE: These steps will delete all your web and app activity associated with your Google account, not just items, including a recording.

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Do not disturb

While you’re at it, check for other apps that might be listening in. Let’s start with iPhone:

Got an Android? Follow these steps:

Phew. A few minutes of work, and now you can rest a little easier. 

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