Amazon Putting Stricter Alexa Voice Service Security Requirements In Place
With Amazon tightening the screws over security on Alexa, it has forced all the manufacturers to adhere to their new set of security policies to ensure that their devices are still accessible. In summary, the security policies are being rolled out phase by phase so that the developers can ensure that they do not lose support.
Amazon has forced third-party app developers to ensure that they are using the security features on both the software and the hardware. There is also an independent expert check that is carried out only after which the apps get clearance to be hosted on Amazon Alexa.
Amazon feels that there is a clear need for security improvements as there are multiple third-party manufacturers who want to build on the Alexa-connected devices.
The preemptive nature of these security standards is crucial for Amazon’s strategy for voice, however, because it can help raise the trust consumers put in Alexa products. Many surveys point to privacy and security concerns as a central reason that people hesitate to buy devices with voice assistants.
There have been several attacks carried out by anonymous groups with the latest one being the Xiaomi smart cameras where reports mentioned that they were showing other people’s homes. This has triggered Amazon to tighten up its security laws.
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