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OK Google, How Safe Are You Really?

Are you prompting Siri, Google, or Alexa? Are smart speakers safe? Siri, Ok Google, Alexa When you talk home assistant, you join a growing number of smart homes.

Smart home assistants search online, start phone calls, order groceries, play music, turn lights on. All with a single spoken command.

Research into how people use Google or Alexa demonstrates the core features. Listening to music ranked first. Checking the weather and asking for general information rounded out the top three. Setting timers and reminders, asking for the news or jokes (perhaps to make up for the news?) are also common.  

Yet, the question remains, just how safe are these virtual assistants? After all, having a smart speaker in your home means there is always an open microphone in your house.

Smart Speaker and Home Assistant Safety Concerns

The convenience of the speaker demands that it always be on, ready and waiting for you to say “Hey Siri” or “OK Google.” Once triggered the device records the command, sends the data to servers for processing, and figures out its response.

Smart speaker users can log in to view the history of queries on their accounts. This prompts some concerns that these mega-companies will use the information for financial gain. For example, those talking about an overseas holiday might start seeing related ads on their computers.

Someone hacking into the home assistant to gain access to your personal information is another concern. Those who set smart speakers as a hub for many devices also create more points of vulnerability.

It’s difficult to anticipate all the ways the assistant could prove too good a listener. In one case, a voice assistant recorded a private conversation and sent it to the couple’s contacts list.

Steps to Stay Secure with a Smart Speaker

That candid conversation share aside, few big privacy flubs or personal data breaches have been reported. Nevertheless, if taking advantage of Alexa, Siri, or Google helper, keep these strategies in mind.

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Here is why you should back up your computer regularly.

When you back up your computer, you are creating a second copy of the documents from your hard drive and saving a copy on a remote server. Back up computer regularly. Having duplicate copies of your information saved in another location keeps the information safe in case anything goes wrong with your computer.

While people generally think their hard drive is an excellent place to store data so it wouldn't get lost there are many ways to lose important files and information.

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What are computer viruses and what can I do about them?

When it comes to different types of computer viruses, it can be difficult to understand and leave you with many questions. What are computer viruses What can I do about them? Which one do I have? How much damage has it done or will it do to my computer? Can it be fixed? Thankfully, there is a whole field of professionals that can address these questions for you, find the problem and get to the solution of your electronic infection.

The most common types of electronic infections are:

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