I continue to be quite surprised at the lack of understanding that people have about personal assistants such as Alexa and Echo. It seems logical to me that when you yell out “Alexa, turn on the lights!” Alexa is using voice recognition technology to recognize your voice for the command and is processing that command
Working from Home During the Pandemic? Turn Alexa and Siri Off!
The transition from work-from-the-office to work-from-home has been rapid during the pandemic. All of a sudden, millions of workers are working from home, while data security personnel were not able to plan and operationalize the transition in an optimal way. Many security measures are being put in place now as everyone settles into the new…
Hackers Eavesdrop and Obtain Sensitive Data of Users Through Home Smart Assistants
Although Amazon and Google respond to reports of vulnerabilities in popular home smart assistants Alexa and Google Home, hackers continually work hard to exploit any vulnerabilities in order to listen to users’ every word to obtain sensitive information that can be used in future attacks.
Last week, it was reported by ZDNet that two security…
Privacy Tip #213 – The Jumbo Privacy App
As most of you know, I rarely download an app. However, here’s one I just downloaded and here’s why. The Jumbo Privacy app, available in the App Store, is all about providing consumers with a way to audit their privacy and learn whether and how their information might have been compromised.
A cool thing about…
Privacy Tip #95 – Echo Show ‘Drop In’ Feature Could Catch You with Your Pants Down
I don’t own an Echo, and Alexa is not listening to all of the conversations in my home. If that were the case, I would have no credibility in writing weekly Privacy Tips.
Echo has evolved, and now I am told and have read that the newest craze is the Echo Show. (Shocker–I don’t have an Echo Show either.) I am told that an Echo Show does everything Echo did, but now it has a camera and can and is recording video of you and your family whenever you use it. (I have tape over the camera of my laptop and smartphone, so that just wouldn’t work for me.)
If you are into the latest crazes and you have purchased an Echo Show, be aware that it is recording video of you and your family every time it is on, whether you are using it or not.
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FTC Issues Update on COPPA
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a six-step compliance plan to assist businesses with compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It provides clarity on who is covered by and must comply with COPPA and how companies can get parental consent. It also outlines a six-step compliance plan.
In the Privacy of Your Home
By now, it’s pretty common knowledge that Alexa has been on a dollhouse shopping spree, and is also helping to solve a murder. Clearly, Alexa cannot be trusted and that’s why she has only limited trigger words, including options such as “Alexa,” “Amazon,” “computer,” and “Echo.” When you speak those words, or other “wake words”…
Privacy Tip #83 – “Alexa, Disconnect Yourself from the Internet Now!” BrickerBot Malware Attacking IoT
We often talk about how anything that is connected to the Internet is hackable and unsafe, and to be careful about how you buy and connect devices, products, appliances, home security systems and other wireless “things.” These are called the Internet of Things, or “IoT.” Alexa is an IoT “thing.”
Cybersecurity literature constantly warns us…
Amazon’s Echo May Possess Evidence in a Murder Case
Police in Bentonville, Arkansas, are seeking records from an Amazon Echo device (for the second time) which may contain records in connection with a murder investigation in the home of James Andrew Bates where Victor Collins was found dead in Bates’ hot tub last year. Echo is an always-on digital assistant that can answer questions,…