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How to Make Sure Alexa and Google Home Aren’t Always Listening

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Smart-home digital voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home are safe to use as long as you strictly limit what kind of information they have access to, two security experts said at the RSA Conference here last week.

Each of these devices has a button to turn the listening function off or on, and Candid Wueest, a threat researcher at Symantec, recommends using it often.

“Make sure that updates are automatically processed. Make sure that you’re only linking to the device whenever you want it to be used,” Wueeset said. “If you’re not using the online shopping functionality, it may be better to switch it off. If you don’t really want to use the calendar, don’t link your calendar to it, or maybe use a different account. Be selective in what you link to the device.”

Some smart-home devices collect personal information that you might not want to be learned by Alexa or Google Home.

You can go into your Google or Amazon account and selectively delete old recordings, but then the device “Unlearns” some of what it knows about your preferences and speech patterns.

Original via Tom’s Guide

Smart-home digital voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home are safe to use as long as you strictly limit what kind of information they have access to, two security experts said at the RSA Conference here last week.

“Only use a virtual personal assistant in the cases where it’s not sharing personal data,” said Tony Anscombe, a global security evangelist at ESET.

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