Smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and one of the reasons they’re so cheap and accessible is that users give up their privacy simply by setting them up in their home. Convenience isn’t free!
An infamous incident: an Amazon customer in Germany requested access to his Alexa voice files and not only got his own recordings, but also 1,700 of those of another customer!
Check out our video below inspired by that data breach!
If you’re using any type of digital assistant, there are a few things you should do:
Don’t put smart devices in bedrooms or bathrooms. For obvious reasons.
Ideally, you should put your smart devices on a separate Wi-Fi network (i.e. your guest network).
Turn on auto-updates for all smart devices.
Secure your Amazon and Google accounts with multi-factor authentication.
Set a monthly calendar reminder to delete your old audio recordings from Amazon Echo and Google Home. Apple does this automatically for you with HomePod.
In general, think carefully about any connected device you put in your home.