Some recent reports suggest that there are around 20 million or more Amazon Echo devices setup across households in the United States. While Alexa does seem like an infallible addition to the home, users don’t know that when Alexa reads a recipe or even tells you your bank balance, this information is sensitive and can be hacked. The problem is the devices are always listening and recording all the time for the WAKE word. And once said, it remains activated. Users should know that these recordings are stored on a cloud, from where they are easily accessible. Awareness is the key to safe usage and therefore, it is extremely important to take steps to secure your Amazon Echo Security Settings.
1. Mic Settings
Turn the mic on the Echo off by pressing the microphone button. The button turns RED when it is off. Alternatively, mute the mic so that Alexa is not listening in all the time. However, the purpose of the device is defeated when the mic is muted. These smart assistant speakers are efficient and compelling devices due to their ability to source information through speech. At the same time, if you do not wish anyone to listen in, then it is best to MUTE the gadget.
2. Purchases on Amazon Echo
One of the most vulnerable information on the network is your financial and personal data that you use to purchase items through the Echo. While it is convenient to shop this way, it could prove to be a very costly mistake. Set a PIN for your purchases or better still turn off Voice Purchasing.
Open Alexa -> Tap SETTINGS -> scroll to VOICE PURCHASING -> click on PURCHASE BY VOICE -> select OFF
To make safe purchases and to avail convenience setup a PIN. For this
Go to SETTINGS on the ALEXA app and click on VOICE PURCHASING. Then again click on PURCHASE BY VOICE and then go to VOICE CODE
Set this ON and you will be prompted to speak a 4-digit code that should secure buying
3. Network Protection
Change the default name and password for the wireless network without including any parallel identifying information. Enable the WPA2 protocol on the router and if possible, create a separate Wi-Fi network for the smart home devices. This is the one that can be used to browse, bank or shop. A firewall setup should be able to restrict the connectivity of the device to and from other sources. Firmware updates should also be checked regularly for Alexa and all the other associated devices.
4. Delete the Recordings
You can hear all your recordings and delete them as well. Review your voice log on the Alexa App, through the iOS or Android.
From SETTINGS -> HISTORY on the Alexa app view all your older recordings
To listen to a recording just click on PLAY against a file
Delete these recordings as follows:
Launch Alexa App -> go to SETTINGS -> select HISTORY -> choose an entry and click DELETE
You can delete all the entries in a single click as well
For this, visit amazon.com/mycd and then click on MANAGE YOUR CONTENT AND DEVICES
A warning is also issued before you completely delete all the entries
There are other things you can execute as well such as the Drop-In Echo feature and strengthening your Amazon password. To check how you can do all of these, call our experts for some advice at +1-844-703-1260 or visit Amazon Alexa Echo.