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Privacy and Personal Assistant Devices

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Voice-activated personal assistants such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana are on the rise. While these smart devices bring convenience, they may also bring privacy concerns as noted in the Sophos Naked Security article, “Know the risks of Amazon Alexa and Google Home”.

People who use these assistants are encouraged to take the following steps to protect their privacy:

  • Mute your device when it’s not in use.
  • Create a separate email account to link to your device.
  • Erase old voice recordings.
  • Check and adjust your privacy settings regularly.

To learn more about the privacy issues affecting smart devices, see the WIRED article, “Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. But What Happens to That Data?

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