December 11, 2020
With the advent of devices like Amazon’s Alexa, many people in the United States are concerned about privacy issues. It’s no surprise. After all, Alexa can hear what you say out loud in your home. How often is Alexa recording? Is it on when you don’t want it to be? Does it save what you say? Who else can hear you?
These are all valid questions that owners of Amazon’s Alexa or similar devices like Google Home have. Below we outline what data these devices collect and what privacy concerns you need to consider.
There are privacy issues associated with Alexa. First of all, it is always listening to you and analyzing what you say. It must activate quickly and efficiently when it hears its trigger phrase like “Hey Alexa.”
According to a technology contributor from the San Diego Union Tribune, “The devices upload recordings and store them on cloud servers. Data collected from recordings and subsequent analyses are used to provide a customized experience and, in all likelihood, targeted advertising.” Amazon or Google may also use your device location and share data with third parties.
While Amazon’s Alexa certainly provides reason for privacy concerns, listening devices in your home aren’t the only potential privacy and security breaches you should be concerned with. Also, consider the following ways to keep your family and property secure:
Install locks on all your doors
First, ensure that your doors all have deadbolt locks on them. You may even want additional chain locks if you live in a neighborhood where home invasions have happened in the past.
Place security cameras in your home
When you’re not at home, you still want to know that it’s safe and secure. Security cameras are an additional way to prevent burglars or other invaders from entering, keeping your family and possessions safe.
Install an alarm system on doors and windows
Finally, consider installing an alarm system on doors and windows. Alarm systems are incredibly effective at monitoring your home for potential invasion. If you have a monitored home security system, it will alert law enforcement if a door or window gets opened.
By taking all these precautions and ensuring that you also take steps to maintain your privacy with devices like Amazon’s Alexa, you’ll be protecting your home and family to the best of your ability.
Are you interested in monitored home security? Contact a Brinks Home™ Senior Security Consultant for a full home assessment.
Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.
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