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Is Your Phone Listening To You?

Is Your Phone Listening To You?

You are having a coffee with a close friend and bring up how you need a new bathing suit Then BAM all of a sudden there are ads on your phone for bathing suits. Our smartphones are with us at all times, but are companies and governments using them to spy on us? You may be suspicious for a good reason. A New York Times piece uncovered that thousands of apps, including gaming apps for kids are equipped with the software Alfonso. Alfonso uses your smartphone microphone to listen to the ads that you are watching on TV. It uses audio signals to collect TV viewing data in order for advertisers to personally promote things to you online. Alfonso “claims” to not record human speech. Facebook has created a device called Pixel, which is designed as a way to continue tracking you online even after you’ve left a website. By dropping a small piece of data called a cookie, your device will now remember information, like how long you linger on a certain item, and whether you added anything to your shopping cart, but didn’t purchase it. Millions of websites use Facebook Pixel, which is why the hat you didn’t end up buying follows you around Facebook forever But sites like Facebook even follow you offline and have been known to purchase information and create a database of over 52,000 different attributes about you, for example, Facebook buys data from supermarket loyalty programs. So if you have a points card with a grocery store Facebook may be paying to understand your purchasing patterns Potentially learning about what you eat or even what type of toothpaste you use. So, your phone can listen to you, but it can also follow you as well. Every time you receive a text or use data to load an app, companies can log and retain your location based on the cell tower and cellular antenna you connect it to. The precision of location has increased over time and get paint a detailed picture of where you go. So, your phone may start sending you ads for swimsuits because you were just physically in or near a surf shop. These companies will claim they aren’t doing anything you haven’t agreed to as you have accepted the privacy policy that allows the collection of your information. And did you read the fine print? Probably not. A study presented 543 participants with a fake app called Name Drop to see how many would read the privacy policy and terms of service. 74% skipped reading the agreement all together, and those who did read it didn’t do a great job. 98% percent of participants missed the gotcha clauses, which included sharing all your data with the NSA, your employer, and agreeing to provide your firstborn child as payment And what about the rise of smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Alexa? Which are designed to listen to you at all times. Though, they are supposed to only record your voice when giving prompts like “Ok, Google” Recently a couple found that Amazon’s Alexa recorded a private conversation and then randomly sent it to a friend These are deemed unfortunate glitches. But what if someone gained access to them as Wi-Fi networks and mobile internet devices are easier to hack than you might think? Your typical wireless internet information is kept confidential by being converted from a readable state to nonsense at the access point and then converted back to a readable state when you use the correct Wi-Fi password from your computer. When Internet moved from physically wired networks to wireless technology it became easier to hack and less secure because the encryption schemes are relatively simple For example, Your webcam can be hacked by creating a remote access tool which is the digital equivalent of someone adding an unlocked window to your home without you even noticing. Also, the FBI Agent meme isn’t far from the truth, as the FBI is known to use phishing, which is slipping a link into a message that is labeled in a misleading way… when you hit the link your device connects to the FBI’s computer downloading malware, which is then able to covertly spy on you. Long story short, your phone is capable of listening to you, following you, and even watching you. If online security and privacy is important to you, make sure you check out today’s sponsor of our video Nord VPN, who is offering you 77% off of a three-year plan. If you use the promo code ‘asapscience’ or go to NordVPN.com/asapscience VPNs or virtual private networks, encrypt your Internet traffic and mask your identity online so people can’t see where you’re searching or get access to your private information NordVPN is the world’s most advanced VPN service using military-grade encryption They also offer a super-fast experience with almost no impact on speed while using it. It has features like an automatic kill switch, browser proxy extension, ad blocking, and many more. NordVPN even passes the Great Firewall of China and works in the Middle East where not all VPNs work With 4300 servers and counting, in 62 countries, They’re constantly growing and expanding, which separates them from other providers on top of all this you can use it on six devices simultaneously On top of all this, you can use it on six devices simultaneously like your phone, your computer, your tablet, so that you’re protecting your information at all times, including if you’re on public Wi-Fi. Again, you can use the promo code ‘asapscience’ or head to NordVPN.com/asapscience to get 77 percent off of a three-year plan and start protecting your privacy online Thanks so much for watching and we’ll see you next Thursday for a new science video. Peace.

100 thoughts on “Is Your Phone Listening To You?

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  2. Your video is bad.
    Despite raising awareness being a good thing; misleading and scaring people is really bad.

    I provide the following arguments:

    a) Hacking a Wi-fi infrastructure is not as simples as you are leading your viewers.
    Yes, it is possible, but not simple.

    You should have your Wi-fi security in WPA2.
    If you have it on WPA, you should change.
    Be aware that changing will obligate you to change your Wifi settings on all of your equipments.
    You should take that effort, and make sure it is on "WPA2 only"!

    Moreover, you should always change the pre-defined:
    – Wi-fi name;
    – Wi-fi password;
    – Router management password.
    Especially on your ISP router, but also on your after-market router.

    b) Hacking to security cameras is also not that simple.
    It requires authentication.

    The problem is when people acquire wireless systems, and do not change the pre-defined passwords, like "0000".
    You should take the effort and always change the pre-defined password. ALWAYS!

    Pre-defined passwords are available throughout the internet for everyone to see.
    This is valid for arguments a) and b).

    c) You talk about phishing, as every people is dumb and clicks on every link.

    Yes, it is a real concern.
    Yes, there were many successful phishing attacks; even at a corporate level.
    TSMC (the company which, most probably, made the chips inside your smartphone) had a major issue with a phishing attack, where real hardware was damage, and the company had to shut down its operation for some days, which equals to losing money.

    Above all, you should provide help to people, in order to avoid being spyied on.
    Not scaring people!

    d) You show VPN as the solution.

    A VPN is very important.
    But it will not solve any of the issues you referred to.

    Furthermore, a VPN is really effective if you use it in a centralized way, like setting it up on your router.
    You do not talk about that.

    In conclusion:
    Your video is very misleading.
    You talk about important issues, as a very normal thing.
    You are scaring people.
    You do not provide advice, or raise awareness.
    You simply want to cause panic; while you get some Youtube views.
    Shame on you!

  3. Me before watching this: I don't know how I would live without my phone.
    watches this video
    throws the phone in the trash can

  4. My phone? . Who would be on my phone . My phone is not . A person so who would be the person or persons attached to . It and why.

  5. I get car dealership on Pandora Xbox one 😱i dont even Drive my Modem outdated says not safe 😱
    Can Nord VPN work on Xbox one

  6. I watched this expecting to see the standard "No one wants to spy on you! Get over yourself, you paranoid egomaniac!" but was pleasantly surprised at their willingness to actually say what is going on.

  7. two days ago, i was talking about sailor moon with my sister. (haha) and then BAM i got a notification from pinterest saying "see pins related to sailor moon and other topics you like". i'm not even kidding.

  8. Been realizing this since for ever it happens to me so much, anything I text, do, or even THINK pops up in add EVEN FOR THIS VIDEO, I texted deodorant to my friend then came on here and not even 1 second was a add for deodorant ON THIS VIDEO shit makes me so mad and I don’t know how to stop it all in my whole life even if I don’t talk about nothing if I do something like I was drinking a monster I go on Instagram and it pops up like WTF HOW DO I STOP THIS!!

  9. To listen to your "TV". Is that the best excuse they can come up to instead of saying: Listening to your conversations

  10. "Your phone is capable of listen to you.."
    Me: Oh ok I can live with that.
    "…Following you.."
    "…And even watching you"
    Me: and I oop

  11. The FBI may use phishing, but you can't get permanent malware just by clicking a link. The internet is dangerous, but not that much.

    Like ok u use vpn but u still logged on Facebook and using your account. U get it?

  13. Yes, you are being listened to. Google just got caught listening to peoples conversions in their home with their google home device.


    If this surprises you, you are an idiot. Please don't reproduce.

  14. my first occurance with this happening to me was when I was planning a birthday party for my little brother and told my mom (while my phone was right next to me) that I wanted to get him a laser pointer as a gift…. later that night I was scrolling through my instagram and their was like 3 different sponsored ads for laser pointers. I was sooo paranoid.

  15. I have used [email protected] quite a numberof times and he has never disappointed me..He does all types of mobile hack;get unrestricted and unnoticeable access to your partner/spouse/anybodies facebook account,email,whatsapp,instagram,wechat,snapchat,textmessages and also erase criminal records. He also makes changes in any database/website such as your college/university grades..Getting the job done is as simple as sending an email or text to([email protected]) Tell him i refered you.He will help you

  16. I was having a conversation with my dad about autism and just now I came onto YouTube to immediately see an ad about it.

  17. Was playing cards & a day after i got card tricks advertising on my phone. So ether there listing in or spying with the cam. Even both..

  18. one time I was on my dad's phone and my sister and my dad were talking about math then I heard googles voice it switched to calculator and worked out the equating they were talking about my dad said "wow these phones are getting advanced now" I was freaked out!! how did his phone hear the conversation???!!! he asked for his phone back…..

  19. I didnt search anything.
    I just said outloud to someone before I went to bed "I need a new journal"
    I woke up …looked at my FB…and had a bunch of ads for journals.
    My phone was just near me

  20. I know for a fact our phones listen to us and there is not a thing you can say or do to convince me otherwise. Because its a fact.

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