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Smart technology has its limits

As “smart” or data-driven technology evolves, it is important to remember that security measures only work if used correctly. Smart technology runs on data, meaning devices such as smartphones, laptop computers, wireless printers, and other devices are constantly exchanging data to complete tasks. Take proper security precautions and ensure correct setup to wireless devices in […]

Be Sure to Secure your Wi-Fi network

Your home’s wireless router is the primary entrance for cybercriminals to access all of your connected devices. More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. Secure your Wi-Fi network and your digital devices by changing the factory-set default password and username.

Review and delete smart speaker recordings

If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Home voice-activated speaker, you can review the recordings it has made online. You also have the option to delete those recordings if you don’t want to keep them or are concerned about their long-term retention.

Turn off auto-listening on a smart speaker if you’re not currently using it

Smart speakers like Amazon Alexa and Google Home listen for certain keywords that wake them up and prompt them to answer questions. You can turn this listening behavior off by pressing a button on the speaker itself. Doing so might be advisable if you’re concerned about privacy.

Preparing for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

Each October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the U.S., an occasion to become more knowledgeable about security best practices. For NCSAM 2019, the themes are personal accountability and proactivity. Even a strong password is not necessarily enough to protect your accounts from unauthorized access. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), […]

Manage the Voice and Audio Activity of your Google Account

Smart speakers like Google Home have become very popular for their abilities to play music and answer voice queries. They can create some privacy issues, though. You might want to delete some or all of the recordings these devices store of your voice. For Google’s speakers, you can do this from the Voice and Audio […]