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Android 12: If your phone shows the camera or microphone icon, someone might be spying on you

Android 12: If your phone shows the camera or microphone icon, someone might be spying on you

The latest operating system from google browserAnd Android 12, has the primary function of ensuring that malicious persons do not gain access to the user’s camera and microphone.

The full OS update includes a suite of privacy tools, such as a locked folder in Google Photos, a quick delete feature to clear your Google Chrome browsing history, and a Privacy Dashboard.

One of the new additions is an indicator at the top of the phone, in the upper right corner of the screen, which displays the camera or microphone icon in case an app requests access to this device.

This update means that pirates waves dangerous apps They will no longer be able to silently access this personal data, something users have been worried about in the past.

In July 2020, an error occurred Instagram Activate the ‘On Camera’ notification in a file Iphone Both when users are not taking photos and when they do. This made people think that the app You spied on them.

In addition to the code, Android 12 now tracks when and which apps accessed sensitive information. This includes your camera and microphone, as well as your location, calendar, call logs, contacts, files, and more.

Users can find this information in the Privacy Dashboard under Settings, which displays a list and pie chart of any frequently requested personal hardware or software item.

The update also includes dedicated buttons on the quick settings bar, which are displayed by swiping down from the top of the phone. These buttons can completely turn off the microphone and camera of the phone.

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When you open an app that requires these permissions, make a call, or use the native camera app, Android will inform the user that the restriction exists and display a button to undo it.

Android 12 is currently available on Google’s Pixel devices, the S21 range and Note from Samsungand flagship devices from Oppo and OnePlus.