Extra-Safety Tricks with Amazon Echo Devices
How many of you feel that having smart Echo devices is similar to risking your safety at home? You can mention your thoughts in the comment section and tell me what makes you think in such a manner. Amazon Echo devices have always lured people so much, and yet they have constantly remained in the limelight for reasons such as spying on the private life of people.
Well, this has not been proven yet, but we know how useful these Mediatek-powered Amazon Echo devices actually are. But if you really wish to keep yourself and your family secure, you need to take certain privacy steps on your part. Here are some of the safety tricks that can turn really handy in adding to your security with your Amazon Echo devices:
Turn Off Voice Input; Use Alexa Remote:
Even though they say that Alexa is capable of capturing instructions only after your use the trigger word, people suspect that Alexa can hear everything that goes on in a room within the range of Alexa’s hearing capability. However, if you do not wish this to happen, here’s something useful for you.
For enhanced privacy, you can disable Alexa’s mic by pressing the top ‘Mute’ button when the Echo isn’t in use to prevent data from being collected. But it does not increase your efforts in using the device. In fact, you will still be able to use the Echo using your Alexa Voice Remote. Just press and hold the remote’s talk button, wait for the sound, and shoot a command as per your requirements.
Disable Voice Purchases or Use PIN:
For your convenience, Amazon Echo devices are equipped with features to add certain products to your shopping list and make the purchase only through voice instructions. However, this can be really dangerous and we have seen instances when there are purchases from the account of a person without even them having the slightest idea about it, and then, they get to know it only when they pay their credit card bill.
So it is essential to use your smartphone for such purchases and do not do it using voice instructions. Sometimes, even your kids can use such instructions to buy unreasonable products for themselves. But if you still wish to keep using the voice commands for purchases, make sure you set a PIN for the purpose by going to the settings.
Do Not Share Your Phone’s Address Book:
Alexa has made it so convenient to call or send messages to anyone in your content list by using just voice commands. However, this is not as easy as it appears and it could sometimes be dangerous as well.
Your Amazon Echo devices offer an option to share your smartphone’s address book with the Echo devices. Sharing allows Alexa to send messages and emails using just your voice commands. However, to avoid eavesdroppers or to prevent Alexa from accidentally sending messages on your behalf, Amazon also allows you to disable sharing your address book and delete all data by giving Amazon’s customer service team a phone call.
You need to follow this and not share your phone book with your family or friends.
Have Alexa-Free Rooms at Home:
Amazon has brought a lot of sophisticated and small products which you can plug in every corner of your house and shout instructions to Alexa from anywhere. As easy as it sounds to be, it can be really troublesome when Alexa is capable of hearing everything that goes on in your home. And I am sure you would not like this.
So it is important to have rooms in your home where there are no Alexa devices or they are far from Alexa’s range. This is really important for your privacy protection as well.
These are some really important tips to make sure you stay protected at your home even when you have Amazon Echo devices in close vicinity.