How to protect privacy in Alexa enabled devices

Recent news related to Alexa regarding the an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family’s private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies.

Maintaining privacy in this internet and connected world is one of the biggest issues.

In India Alexa enabled Devices from Amazon are Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, Echo plus and Echo Spot.  These are hands-free smart speakers that lets  you control using your voice. It connects to Alexa – a cloud based voice service to play music, make calls, check weather and news, set alarms, control smart home devices, and much more.

Amazon records all the commands you give and uses that data to make Alexa even smarter, but you can delete all of it pretty easily if you want to.

How to delete Conversation with Amazon’s Alexa

The Amazon FAQ states, “You can delete specific voice recordings associated with your account by going to History in Settings in the Alexa App, drilling down for a specific entry, and then tapping the delete button. Or, you can delete all voice recordings associated with your account for each of your Alexa-enabled products, by selecting the applicable product at the Manage Your Content and Devices page at www.amazon.com/mycdor contacting customer service.” Amazon recommends against doing this, however, as it will result in a less personalized experience and poorly tailored responses.

Amazon also pointed to a very helpful Alexa and Alexa Device FAQ page that provides more detail on how the Echo devices work. More importantly, it also provides information for how to shut off the Echo / Echo Dot microphone if you don’t want Alexa to listen at all, or review and delete things Alexa may have recorded you saying. Mute the Echo when not in use. A physical mute button is located at the top of the device. The “always listening” microphone will be disabled until physically unmuted.

Below Video tutorial can also help you how to delete conversation with Alexa.

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