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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 […]

What is a smart home?

More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet (IoT). This enables us to control our devices or our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology […]

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.