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Privacy & Security on Assistant Devices

In recent years, assistant assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant have become increasingly popular. These smart voice tools offer a wide range of useful features, allowing people to control their lights, thermostats and entertainment mechanisms with just a voice command. However, the growing dependency in our everyday lives brings concerns about security and privacy, after all these devices are always listening, analyzing and recording our personal interactions.

On these devices, users can share information about themselves, such as location, contacts and payment history. This means a risk of private information being captured and stored by manufacturers, and therefore used for malicious purposes.

The importance of privacy and security in personal assistance devices is that while one is about the right to control your own data and decide who can have access to it, the other, security, has to do with protecting that data from the theft and unauthorized access.

To mitigate these risks, it is necessary to adopt measures that provide increased privacy and security on devices. Below are some examples:

  • Read the manufacturer's privacy policy and learn what information is collected and how it is used. Also, check for permission from the creator to know what privacy options can be configured;

  • Use strong and unique passwords to access them including any related applications to protect personal information during transmission;

  • Turn off the microphone when not in use, using a button on the device that allows this action to ensure that private conversations are not being recorded;

  • Keep your software up to date, as updates often include important security fixes and additional privacy features;

  • Configure voice control so that it only responds to the user's voice command, and authorize who can access it.

  • Configure two-factor authentication so that an extra layer of security is built into personal accounts;

  • Delete recordings of previous interactions with the device so that privacy is not put at risk;

  • Do not connect the device to public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks or share confidential information such as passwords or bank numbers;

  • If you decide to sell or donate your device, please be sure to delete all personal information and settings associated with it.

In addition, devices can be vulnerable to cyber-attacks such as malware and hacking. To avoid them, strong security measures are needed, such as user authentication, effective data encryption and regular security updates, for example.

Companies that manufacture personal assistance devices must provide accessible and concise information about how data is collected, used and disclosed and also act responsibly about their privacy and security policies.

In conclusion, privacy and security on these devices are relevant issues in an increasingly connected world and therefore must be taken seriously by those who create and use them.

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