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Stay Safe from Always-Listening Devices

With the overwhelming popularity of always-listening devices such as Alexa, Google Home, and smartphones, you’ve probably heard stories of these devices joining in on conversations without being prompted.  Perhaps it’s even happened to you!

While this idea can be alarming and unsettling, there are ways to protect your private information, and conversations, from these always-listening devices. To help you stay safe from these devices, here are some tips:

  • Review and delete voice recordings.
  • Mute the microphone.
  • Don’t link accounts with sensitive information to your device.
  • Change the settings to automatically manage data stored by the device.
  • When in doubt, turn it off.  If your device does not have a power button, simply unplug it.

By creating a habit of unplugging and deleting voice recordings from these always-listening devices, you can help to make sure that there is an extra layer of protection between your always-listening device and your private information.