ANDROID users have been warned that apps on their phone could be spying on them.
But a feature recently added to the phones by developers at Google warns users when apps are accessing their data.
The feature is very similar to what’s currently on Apple’s competing iPhone.
An icon on the phone now notifies users when the microphone or camera has been turned on.
A recent Android 12 update introduced the Google feature for phones.
The new indicator will appear in the form of an icon in the top right corner of the screen.
If an app tries to access your camera or microphone, you’ll see an icon for each.
It prevents apps from eavesdropping on or seeing you through your camera without your knowledge.
For a sense of security, users can review a history showing which apps used your camera, microphone, or location.
Users can also check and see when these features were activated, if they were.
The new privacy dashboard in Settings contains this information.
You can also do this in your quick settings completely Disable your microphone and camera.
It’s important to remember that just because you see an icon, it doesn’t mean something is wrong.
Instagram, for example, is one of those apps that need your camera.
However, if you spot an unusual app with your camera, it could indicate that you are being watched.
According to cyber specialists, numerous apps have been discovered that improperly access the camera on Android phones.
So make sure you’re running Android 12 and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
Check the app’s permissions in settings if you think something is wrong.
There is also the option to restrict access to selected apps to your microphone or camera.
In case you are really worried, you can completely remove the app from your Android device.
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