Now there are smart speakers with Alexa, Siri and Google built in I thought I’d give you some tips on how you can protect yourself and make sure.
It is important to recognize that all smart devices have to go through some kind of router before they get to the device. Then the router will allow you to connect via a hard cable or Wi-Fi. The hard wire would be faster and safer; However, Wi-Fi is easier and is located on multiple devices. In any case, make sure your router has a strong password that you’ve created. Make sure you have the highest level of security for your Wi-Fi, such as WPA/WPA2. Also, if your router is over 5 years old you should consider replacing it with a new modern router. This way you are using the latest hardware and software security.
Smart speakers are popping up in homes all over the world, they were the best sellers on Amazon in the last Christmas season. They are good at playing your favorite music and improving all the time after your orders. You can check the alarm system and lock and unlock the front door. Before you allow Alexa, Siri or Google to open the front door, ask yourself how safe they are. Can you distinguish your voice from a stranger’s voice? What if you left your house and a stranger came to your front door and said: “unlock the door ” Do you want to unlock it? Speech recognition is improving every day, so try the device before you trust it.
Is Smart TV monitoring what you see? The answer is yes, it’s possible. I wrote another article explaining how they do it and especially how you can stop.
Do you have cameras inside your home? Many of us do. Ask yourself if they are safe and how I can prevent them from being taken over by some clever actor. This could put you in a very embarrassing situation.
It is important to carefully search every new intelligent device you acquire to determine how it works and what data you collect on you. Then protect your device in your home network. If you are unsure of a particular device, unplug it from your home network. Remember, most of all the devices you have in your home have to go through the router, secure it!