Privacy and protection of personal data is the biggest bet of the “developers” of the “smartphones” operating systems, since the malicious people who look for them are always one step ahead.
Google and Apple are constantly introducing tools with every “Android” and “iOS” software upgrade, and this time it was Google’s turn.
This new feature is included in “Android 12”, the latest version of the operating system, so first make sure you have the latest update installed on your phone. You will then see a small camera icon in the notifications bar. This icon will inform you every time an “app” that is “running” at the moment uses the camera and/or the microphone of the mobile at the same time.
This icon will appear whenever an “app” that needs the camera is used, such as Instagram, this does not mean that every time it appears it is maliciously used. But if you use an “app” that does not require the use of a camera, then it is probably misused.
In the “settings”, and more specifically in “Privacy”, you can see a list of all the “apps” that use the camera/microphone and when exactly they did it. From there you can turn off access to them from any “app” you want, even turning them off completely from your mobile.
From the quick “settings” of the mobile you can see at any time if an “app” is spying on you and close it immediately.
A similar function with a corresponding icon has been introduced by Apple from “iOS14” onwards, along with a new type of license, required by each application, which informs the user if he wants to track data between applications.
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