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How to protect your smart home

A smart home has a network of devices that communicate and operate with one another seamlessly to provide convenience and efficiency. Since they’re all connected to the internet, these devices are controlled by the homeowner, usually through a smartphone app. Examples of smart home devices include door locks, thermostats, smoke alarms, coffee machines and security […]

Mute smart speakers during sensitive conversations

Have an Amazon Alexa, Google Nest Mini or other smart speaker? You probably want to mute it if you join a lot of phone calls or video conferences while at home. This is easy in most cases; for example, the Nest Mini’s mute switch is on the back. While muted, speakers won’t listen for their […]

Frequently delete the history on your Google Assistant

Smart speakers like Google Assistant capture your voice recordings and store them in a database, which is referenced by development teams to make product improvements. But what if hackers infiltrate that database? If you’re not comfortable allowing anyone access to these records, you can go into the settings for your Google Assistant and click “Delete […]

How to be safer with voice-powered assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Talking about artificial intelligence (AI) can easily bring to mind images of human-like robots carrying out advanced tasks, a la the androids in TV shows like “Star Trek: The Next Generation” or “The Orville.” In reality, AI is much more mundane, but still very powerful. What AI looks like in real life Have you ever […]