Tape up those microphones, folks

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26 Responses to Tape up those microphones, folks

  1. Bacon says:

    It’s certainly worth taping up the microphone to muffle things a bit but don’t think it fixes the problem. Today’s mics can hear across the room, right through the tape.

  2. singlestack says:

    When I’m shopping if I leave my phone in the truck when I go into stores I’ll see ads for the stores. If I take my phone in with me I’ll see ads, not only for the store, but also for specific items that I pick up to look at. I don’t have to say anything for this to happen, I only have to touch the item.

  3. Boomer says:

    This is better than tape, if you are computer literate.

    Disable the drivers in the operating system for both the mic and camera. When you boot up, the computer will think there isn’t either one. Tape works well for the camera, but the mic might still “hear” through seams and openings in the computer case.

    Fairly simple in Winduhs, little more difficult in Linux.

    Google it…plenty of info out there to accomplish it.

    • singlestack says:

      I have an integral webcam and a mic jack, but not an integral mic. I never liked the built in camera so I’ve always kept tape over it.
      I’m not real computer literate, but after reading your post I checked out disabling the drivers. I wound up deleting them entirely. It was easier than I thought it would be.
      Thanks.

  4. JB says:

    There don’t seem to be any ads for what I normally say in the vicinity of my computer. How strange.

  5. Boomer says:

    Stores can track you easily if you have bluetooth turned on in your phone.

    on the iPhone, location service as well as the mic are many times turned on by default in apps.

    The google app defaults the mic on as well as “listening” If you open the google app, top of the page, click the gear, go to voice search, you will see “OK Google hot word”. They try to make you think that’s all they are listening for…….ya, right…..

    In iPhone, goto settings, and run through the apps settings toward the bottom. You will find that google has the mic turned on by default. Best to look at all of the apps listed. Might find other surprises turned on.

    Other phones……if yours has the Android operating system installed, it was written by Google so you are probable screwed at stopping the tracking, listening, etc.

    • Unclezip says:

      Unless I’m going to actually use my phone, it’s carried in an RF wallet to block all incoming and outgoing signals. Especially if I’m traveling, as although it says location is turned off, it lies.

      Interesting thing about the wallet I have: I bought it about eight years ago from an outfit in Australia. Not six months later the U.S. government banned importation of them, as they could “probably” be used for turrism and other scary stuff.

  6. Djamer says:

    Just part of the deal that Jew boy got for handing the rest of the recorded data to NSA/CIA/FBI, etc. . . Wait, why did only NSA get a red underline just now???

  7. Boomer says:

    I think it was Kroger that was developing a system that had what looked like a tablet computer mounted to your cart and you went through the store it would show you ads depending on your exact location in the store and the product you were standing next to. I always picked a cart that didn’t have it mounted. They must have adapted it to phones………

  8. wes says:

    Heh, I have them all beat, only have a simple cell phone, doesn’t get carried all the time, isn’t on all the time, don’t text, don’t google, don’t have TV, don’t have alexa, don’t have an iphone or ipad, don’t have a tablet, don’t spend on my time on an electronic leash. Other than the little local store the nearest big box store is over an hour away in any direction.

    My two biggest digital time sinks are this site and checking out an online auction now and again. I don’t hardly even follow any online news because it’s all lies.

    wes

    ps Ken, I was showing a publishing type person comments to the stories I’ve written and noticed the Passing it Down one has apparently vanished into the ether.

  9. Gryphon says:

    Ha. Ha. Ha. People Whine and Bitch about being “Spied On” yet they are the ones spending Thousands of Dollars OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS to Carry Spying Devices, and Wire their Homes with Cameras and Microphones. It’s like right out of Orwell’s ‘1984’ , Cameras and Mics in every Room.
    The Christians aren’t going to have to line up to get their “Mark of the Beast” Tats, they already have it in their Pocket…

  10. nwoldude says:

    Be very, very afraid !

  11. livintoride says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtmR9L0ITlM

    easiest solution is – don’t have a “smart phone”

  12. Jean says:

    Well, I don’t have a smart phone. The laptop has a microphone but I disabled it in the BIOS. Don’t know if they can listen or not.

  13. Arc says:

    This is why my cellphone *cough* ankle bracelet, sits on top of a loud, Black ice 480 radiator. 480 meaning its got (4) 120MM fans blasting air through it. Bit of a tech geek and I know the buggers are always listening. Even your speakers can be used as crude microphones due to a glitch in REALTEK audio chips. Voice vibrations move the magnets and cause electrical noise which can be used as a crude mic for anyone within 3-5 feet of the computer.

    Eraser, Veracrypt, CCcleaner, air capped storage, anti-beacon, etc, just a few tools I use… you aren’t paranoid when they actually are trying to feed your data to a behavioral analytics A.I.

    The only way to crunch that kind of info from millions of people is with analytical software.

    Knowledge is power, and I know that my devices are always listening, so I get to control what they know. Its no different than making a fake face book page for your employer to find, saying how much you love your job, family is great, the grass is green, etc. Use it to your advantage.

  14. arc says:

    This is why my cellphone *cough* ankle bracelet, sits on top of a loud, Black ice 480 radiator. 480 meaning its got (4) 120MM fans blasting air through it. Bit of a tech geek and I know the buggers are always listening. Even your speakers can be used as crude microphones due to a glitch in REALTEK audio chips. Voice vibrations move the magnets and cause electrical noise which can be used as a crude mic for anyone within 3-5 feet of the computer.

    Eraser, Veracrypt, CCcleaner, air capped storage, anti-beacon, etc, just a few tools I use… you aren’t paranoid when they actually are trying to feed your data to a behavioral analytics A.I.

    The only way to crunch that kind of info from millions of people is with analytical software.

    Knowledge is power, and I know that my devices are always listening, so I get to control what they know. Its no different than making a fake face book page for your employer to find, saying how much you love your job, family is great, the grass is green, etc. Use it to your advantage.

    I wonder why my comments aren’t posting half the time? They aren’t even pending.

  15. arc says:

    My headset comes with a switch to kill the mic. Even then, speakers can double as a crude mic on REALTEK chips if someone really wants to listen.

    Laptops, its nothing to pop the bezel off and physically remove the mic, wifi antenna, and camera. The wifi chip is removable as well.

  16. Towser says:

    Remember that SOB Brennan testifying about the “internet of things”? It ain’t just your cell phones and computers folks. If they haven’t already, they’ll be implanting bugs everywhere. Ironic – people are paying to have their house bugged and their privacy trashed.

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