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This simple trick stops Google, Amazon and Facebook from listening to you all the time

by Jessica Guynn, USA Today

Smart home devices from Google, Amazon and Facebook are engineered to listen for your commands and respond to them. Usually, they only engage when you say your “wake” word such as “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google.”

But these devices are always listening.

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You’re not paranoid: Your phone really is listening in

by Kim Komando, USA Today

The scene plays out like a thriller: You pull out your phone, and you see an ad for AirPods.

Wait a minute, you think. Didn’t I just have a conversation about AirPods with my friend? Like, a real conversation, spoken aloud? Is my phone … listening to me?

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