Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Careful What You Say Around ALEXA

According to The Huffington Post...
"The voice-activated gizmo-controller was only happy to comply last week after it heard 6-year-old Brooke Neitzel ask, “Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” Presto: A $170 KidKraft Sparkle mansion dollhouse was delivered to Brooke’s Dallas home, along with four pounds of sugar cookies."

Further according to the story when some TV news stories ran other's devices overheard the TV and ordered as well.

Even though I have an account with Amazon one of the downsides I noticed with Amazon is they store your credit card information. I always use either my VISA or MASTERCARD accounts. Both let you create temporary numbers with dollar limits for whatever number of months you wish for them to expire. By using these methods I feel really comfortable knowing if any of these were hacked they'd be rendered useless.

The other part of this is ALEXA itself. I don't care what settings you might make. This doesn't mean these won't change with the next update. Nor does it mean everything you see is actually what happens. In case you already don't know this every email you've deleted is still retained on servers indefinably just like the information ALEXA stores. These items just no longer appear to you. If you don't believe me check out 'Outlook Live' online. In the delete folder you can recover a great deal of emails you previously deleted although not every one the government requires they keep what amounts to forever.. Smartphones---are you kidding--like they aren't listening and watching as well.

Today's connected cars, trucks, trains and planes are doing the same thing. Recording where, how fast, how long, etc. So do these street cameras, cop/parking authority car's license readers, E-Zpass and facial recognition system cameras as well. Even smart TV's and appliances do the same. These new electric, gas and water meters-- you name it-- somebody's always watching and gathering information.


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You Can't!

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