Is your smartphone listening to you? Here’s what you need to know

If concerned about iPhone privacy, consider the tips below:

  1. Shut off the mic for Siri and for individual applications.

    To switch off your iPhone’s microphone for Siri, go to Settings > Siri & Search. Then toggle off the following:

    • Listen for ‘Hey Siri’
    • Press side button for Siri
    • Allow Siri when locked

    To review permissions and turn off the mic for individual applications, navigate to Settings and then click on individual apps. If you don’t want the mic for that app to remain on, simply toggle the switch.

  2. Consider use of a VPN, which will make your device less vulnerable to threats by providing an encrypted, private connection. Do your research and find a reputable VPN provider. Avoid VPN providers who sell your contact information to advertisers. Carefully read through a VPN provider’s privacy policy ahead of agreeing to use their service.

  3. Opt for a comprehensive solution like ZoneAlarm mobile security, which uses enterprise-grade technology to protect individuals’ phones and tablets from all kinds of cyber threats.