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How to better protect your privacy on your smart devices

Random targeted ads may seem creepy when they pop up. Some we can stop, some we can't.

Posted: Jul. 25, 2018 11:10 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Chances are you are being monitored right now by your phone or smart device, and in most cases we are allowing it.

Random targeted ads may seem creepy when they pop up. Some we can stop, some we can't.

It's probably happened to you. You're talking about buying something new or planning a vacation, and then, out of nowhere, an ad pops up on your Facebook or Instagram feed.

It seems as though our devices are listening to us, but experts say they technically aren't.

Cedric Freeman, who works at AT&T in Tupelo, says he talks to customers all the time about them claiming their phone is listening to them. Freeman explains there are certain settings you can control to stop that.

"There are certain settings that you can toggle on and off like the microphone, camera and location services," said Freeman.

If you're worried about other devices such as an Amazon Alexa, Google Home or smart TV, they all have their own settings you can look at.

Smart home devices are always listening for their special 'wake' word but only record you when the word is used.

Freeman says if you're paranoid about your devices, just toggle certain setting off so you feel better protected.

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