Is Alexagate The Answer To Your Worries About Amazon Alexa Spying On You?
Users around the world have been worried about the smart home speakers listening to conversations at home, collecting the data, analyzing it, and selling the users products/services based on the data collected. Amazon has mentioned in their privacy hub and FAQs that Alexa will not listen to users unless the wake word “Alexa” is uttered. There is also a physical button that can completely disable the microphone on the device. That is where Alexagate, a device which will keep your smart home devices from spying on you, comes into the picture.
Alexagate promises to jam your Alexa’s mic using seven ultrasonic speakers. Clap three times to turn the jamming on or off. That’s it.
The pulse tones emitted by the device are inaudible to the human ears. A light that is embedded with the device lets the users know if it’s switched on. While it has been tailored to work with Alexa devices, it is expected to also work with Google Home devices. Alexagate claims that Alexa devices listen to every detail in your home and stored that into Amazon’s cloud storage. The manifesto on their site is worth a read.
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