Change your computer’s settings to stop programs from spying on you

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Will Young

You are well-known to your phone. It monitors your location, browsing habits, downloads, and other activities. Find out how to tell when your phone’s camera or microphone is being used by visiting this page.

Additionally, you need to be concerned about smart TVs, voice assistants, and social media apps listening to and recording what you say. I wish we didn’t live in a world where we need to care about TV’s spying on us, but we do.

To use your phone’s camera, microphone, and location, apps need your permission. You can grant or restrict these permissions by going into the settings of your phone. Did you realize you can do likewise for your PC or Macintosh? How to do it:

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How to modify app permissions on Windows There is a Privacy page on Windows where you can modify app permissions. A few clicks are all it takes.

On Windows 11, you can change app permissions by going to Start > Settings > Privacy & security.

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• Select a choice from the App Permissions menu (such as Location). Then select the apps that can access it.

• For each permission, you can also use the Recent activity drop-down menu to see which apps are using it.

On Windows 10, you can change app permissions by going to Start > Settings > Privacy.

• Select an option from the App Permissions menu (such as Microphone). Then select the apps that can access it.

How to change app permissions on macOS

You receive an alert when a third-party app tries to access and control your Mac through accessibility features. The computer also won’t allow the app to take control, at least not until you authorize it. You must specifically grant the app access to your Mac in Privacy & Security settings.

You can go into your settings to change permissions at any time. Here’s how:

• Open the Apple menu and choose System Settings > Privacy & Security.

• A list of program permissions will appear on the screen, such as Location Services, showing which applications have access to which permissions.

• Click on any permission to see the apps that have access to it. Use the toggle switch to turn off permissions for each app.

That’s just about all there is to it! While you can’t prevent every spy in the world from snooping, these are some strong tips to help you in your journey.

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