Be careful what you say, Google is listening

Reblogger Debbie Walsh
Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management

In this post from Mike Cooper there is a video that shows you how your computer (Google)can listen to your conversations for unlimited amounts of time.  Important for you to check out and be aware of....

Original content by Mike Cooper, GRI 0225086119

With all of the technology in our lives today, it only stands to reason that somewhere along the line, someone would be able to listen in to our conversations. It appears that Google has met that challenge.

On the page, there is a microphone on the right side of the Google search bar. If you turn that microphone on to engage in voice commands on your computer make sure you also turn it off. The microphone can stay on and record your conversations while you work.

If you're using Google Chrome, this is an issue that appears to be active. Kim Komando put out a call for caution on her daily update. Take a look below and be careful out there.


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(Disclaimer:  All grammatical mistakes, punctuation breakdowns and misspellings are purely for your amusement and entertainment.   Feel free to cackle.)                                                                                                


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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That's kind of scary.  Thx for spreading the word.  Good talking to you the other day.

Jan 23, 2014 02:08 AM #1
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Wow! I had no idea. Thanks, Debra

Jan 23, 2014 02:11 AM #2
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert

Thanks for the heads up, Mike.  Agents have confidential conversations daily and this could be an issue.  We're all adjusting to this *new world*


Jan 23, 2014 02:19 AM #3
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Thanks for the re-blog, Debra!  This is just another reason why I like Yahoo and stay  with Internet Explorer or Firefox as browsers.

Jan 23, 2014 02:25 AM #4
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Glad we use Firefox. 

Jan 23, 2014 02:32 AM #5
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Good to know; I've not used it but will make sure I turn it off if I do use it!

Jan 23, 2014 02:46 AM #6
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So if the microphone is not activated, I'm ok?  I have never used voice activation...I think it's annoying!

Jan 23, 2014 04:04 AM #7
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

"Could", in could be an issue, being the operative word. You have to have more going on than just having your microphone on to be in any actual danger here.

Jan 23, 2014 05:06 AM #8
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Debra: Thank goodness I have not enabled this command. It may probably be one of the things that I could have easily overlooked.

Jan 23, 2014 05:35 AM #9
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Debra

Debra my AR friend,  I don't have any kind micropnes on any of my computers. Thats sure not at all a good thing for folks which do.

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Jan 23, 2014 06:32 AM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debra this is amazing, I had no idea. I guess Google is the Future today!, Endre

Jan 23, 2014 01:29 PM #11
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

To my knowledge, I have not enable the microphone and will check it asap.

Jan 23, 2014 02:21 PM #12
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Too my knowledge I have never enabled the microphone either but what a thing to have to worry about!  Definitely a good thing to know!

Jan 24, 2014 09:54 PM #13
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Thanks for the heads up Debra. I'll have to check this out.

Jan 31, 2014 12:38 AM #14
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Janice...creepy isn't it?

Feb 04, 2014 07:45 PM #15
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I wouldn't be surprised if Google is not only listening, but watching you as well. They can probably watch you on any device with a camera attached; laptop, desktop, tablet, and even smart phone. It's getting a little scary. 

Feb 09, 2014 01:22 PM #16
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Troy - Great - thanks for that!  LOL

Feb 13, 2014 11:53 PM #17
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Debbie, Thanks for blogging this topic!  Google has some serious tech power that is for sure.

May 09, 2014 11:37 PM #18
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Sam - That is so true!

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