Work From Home Poses Risk With Amazon Alexa Enabled
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, life for most of us has turned topsy-turvy. Most of us are working from home as a social distancing measure. However, one major privacy risk at home is the presence of smart home devices. Amazon admitted last year that it has employees listen in to the users’ conversations. This could pose a risk when you are having a confidential business conversation. These recorded conversations could be leaked as well. Speakers like Amazon Alexa could leave you and your entire Wi-Fi network vulnerable to hackers.
Youngren further explains that “info available through social media, in addition to data from smartwatches, health trackers, and other IoT devices, makes for a sophisticated social engineering attack that can cost vulnerable users lots of money.”
Manufacturers have to create just the right balance between user-friendliness and privacy, which could prove to be tricky at times. Another point of worry is that if the devices are not configured properly, it could be used as an entry point into a user’s network by hackers.
A way to stay safe includes configuring your router to avoid UPnP IoT devices from changing the settings. The best way would be to unplug your Alexa device when you are having a conversation that is sensitive or confidential. Using a secure password and updating regularly will keep the hackers at bay. You can disable certain features while keeping the others turned on, erase your tracks, and mute Alexa so she doesn’t listen in.
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