Privacy Alert – Alexa (and Friends) is Listening!

The “open mic” of so many voice-assisted devices coupled with the nigh-ubiquitous network of “smart devices,” other gadgets and gizmos increasingly listening to everything said around them certainly presents opportunity for mistake – and, perhaps, hacking.


Extract from article by Cleve Clinton

The “open mic” of so many voice-assisted devices coupled with the nigh-ubiquitous network of “smart devices,” other gadgets and gizmos increasingly listening to everything said around them certainly presents opportunity for mistake – and, perhaps, hacking. So, what can you do?

  1. Opt not to share your contact list with the “smart” device to avoid an errant communication;
  2. Check the device’s app history, browse all the commands you’ve ever given and consider deleting some of them;
  3. Remove any duplicate devices from sensitive rooms, like your bedrooms. You DO KNOW that some devices can take video and still pictures, right?
  4. Turn off or mute the device’s mic by pressing the microphone button, but just remember you won’t be able to give it commands like play music or ask for the weather or news of the day.

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