The orange and green dots that you may now see on the top of your iPhone screen (for devices with iOS 14 or later) are part of an enhanced privacy and security update. When an orange dot appears right above your cellular bars, it means an app is using your iPhone’s microphone. It can be any third-party app, or a basic function of your iPhone such as making a call or utilizing Siri. When you see the orange dot appear, you can swipe down from the top right of your screen to view which apps are currently using your microphone.
When a green dot appears in the top right corner of your iPhone’s screen, this means an app is using your camera and/or your microphone. Just like with the orange dot, you can swipe down from the top right corner of your screen to see which apps are using your camera. If you have an Android 12 or later, a green dot in the top right corner of the screen will inform you when your phone’s camera or microphone is being used. You can swipe down on your screen to show the notification bar, and from there click the green dot to see which apps are using your camera/microphone.
If you see an indicator that your microphone/camera are in use even though you aren’t using any apps, it likely means an app has permission to access those features even when it isn’t in use. If this is not the case, it’s possible your phone may have been hacked. To avoid this, you may want to look into installing antivirus software on all your devices. If you have any questions about your phone’s security or IT in general, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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