These days, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a device that’s connected to the web. The internet of things (IoT) is a global network of technologies that uses internet connections to transmit and receive data. It’s fundamentally changed the way we work and live. We employ this technology in all places, from the office […]
It’s all too easy to accidentally install a malicious app on your phone. This could be because an app mimics a legitimate one; for example, if you want the Amazon Alexa app, make sure it’s the official software by Amazon by checking the source and reading the user reviews. Also, be wary of apps that […]
Skills – essentially apps – can be downloaded to an Alexa device to teach it new capabilities. Although useful, many of these skills are created by third-party developers, a lot of which don’t have complete privacy policies. In other words, there’s not always a guarantee how that developer will use your data. More importantly, Amazon […]
Did you know that Alexa is always listening? Alexa listens for your “wake” word, the phrase that tells the device to start doing something. When you say Alexa’s wake word, the device will record everything it hears until the interaction has ended. It does this to optimize and personalize its performance specifically to the user. […]
If your Alexa device hears you incorrectly, it might send a text message or email you did not intend, or it might call someone you didn’t mean to call. Disable the address book sharing feature on your Alexa device to prevent this. To block your address book: Open Conversations in the Alexa app. Tap the […]
Alexa devices only store relevant information, but if you would like to make sure it only records you when you speak specifically to it, you can turn off the microphone and only talk to it through the voice remote, which comes with the device. To turn off the microphone, just push the mute button on […]
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