Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Yes and No. I mean on the one hand they’re very empowering and seductive but on the other hand Alexa is a double agent while working for us she’s actually more working for Amazon.

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

What's more, the study authors note that because of the way people tend to "speak" with their hands while speaking with their actual mouths, the wearable jammer is extra effective at blocking hidden microphones at is moves around.

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

While the elderly might have showed up late to the internet and smartphones, there’s no reason to be believe they will be immune to the consequences that young people in particular are now beginning to understand.

German Data Protection Agency: Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Telemetry can be fully disabled

German Data Protection Agency: Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Telemetry can be fully disabled

The report, which you can access here (German PDF) suggests that organizations who may buy Enterprise or Education editions of Windows 10 may disable the sending of Telemetry data entirely in Windows 10 version 1909.

Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’

Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’

A joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag published Monday found that Avast antivirus, which has more than 435 million users around the world, is selling its users’ browsing habits to companies like Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Yelp, Condé Nast, and Home Depot through a subsidiary called Jumpshot.

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be ’shut down immediately‘ over privacy concerns

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be ’shut down immediately‘ over privacy concerns

An Amazon software engineer named Max Eliaser said the home-security company Ring should be „shut down immediately.“ „The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck,“ Eliaser said.

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.Consumer Reports warns the IoT camera manufacturers that its ratings will reflect whether it believes adequate steps have been taken to ensure the security and privacy of users is protected.

How my application ran away and called home from Redmond

How my application ran away and called home from Redmond

After about a minute later we received Slack alert that the Beacon has managed to find a leak from the lab environment.I logged in to my Windows test machine to see if the Beacon is still running.

Wyze camera data leak: How to secure your account right now

Wyze camera data leak: How to secure your account right now

Passwords and payment information weren't included in the exposed database, but to be proactive and ensure user accounts remained private, Wyze signed everyone out and reset all third-party connections to its services, such as Alexa and Google Assistant.

Google cuts Xiaomi's Nest access for showing photos of strangers' homes

Google cuts Xiaomi's Nest access for showing photos of strangers' homes

A photo posted to Reddit taken from a Xiaomi camera streamed to a Google Nest Hub. Xiaomi, a Chinese technology company best known for its inexpensive and wildly popular smartphones, told CNN Business in a statement that it had fixed the issue and apologized for the inconvenience caused to users.

Google shutting down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Updated)

Google shutting down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Updated)

This issue was first reported by user /r/Dio-V on Reddit and affects his Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera, which can be linked to a Google account for use with Google/Nest devices through Xiaomi's Mi Home app/service.

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

The Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set with more than 50 billion location “pings” from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

How to Reclaim Your Privacy

How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Go through all of your apps and turn off location for the ones that don’t need it - or change the setting so they can only get your location while you’re using the app.Don’t let apps access to your Bluetooth unless they really need it.

Wyze allegedly suffers data breach, logs out all users as a safe measure [Updated]

Wyze allegedly suffers data breach, logs out all users as a safe measure [Updated]

As it stands, Wyze Camera users will need to log back into their accounts and generate new 2-factor authentication (2FA) codes.

Amazon and Google Are Practically Giving Away Smart Speakers. Here’s Why.

Amazon and Google Are Practically Giving Away Smart Speakers. Here’s Why.

Credit: NurPhoto/Getty ImagesThis holiday season, both Amazon and Google are selling their smart speakers for so little that they’re basically giving them away, or in some cases, partnering with other companies to actually give them away.

I documented every surveillance camera on my way to work in New York City, and it revealed a dystopian reality

I documented every surveillance camera on my way to work in New York City, and it revealed a dystopian reality

I documented all of the cameras on a daily commute from Brooklyn to Business Insider's headquarters in downtown Manhattan.By 2022, the total number of cameras in the world could reach 45 billion.By 2022, the total number of cameras in the world could reach 45 billion.

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

According to the intelligence agency's Portland, Oregon, bureau, which issued a reminder last week, the useful features of a smart TV, such as internet connection, microphones and cameras, are also means that hackers can use to gain access to your home.

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers.The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in.

How smart homes could be wiser

How smart homes could be wiser

Fortunately, because of the known risks, many developers, security experts, consumer groups and policy makers are working on solutions to make smart homes wiser.Beyond privacy and security, seek wiser smart home devices.

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

According to experiments done by a team of researchers from Japanese and Michigan Universities, a remote attacker standing at a distance of several meters away from a device can covertly trigger the attack by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light to produce an acoustic pressure wave.

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Bitdefender–the tireless actuary of the Internet of Things–were able to crack into homeowner’s personal WiFi networks via Amazon’s Ring doorbells, the video-enabled auto-locks that allow homeowners to remotely open the door.Balan told us that the vulnerability was discovered following a request from PCMag to look into the device and that it’s now been patched.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance.

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

The Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs has proposed using facial recognition for online age verification for pornography and gambling websites visited by Australians as an update to Australia’s National Identity Security Strategy.

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

From a software perspective, these abilities will require Alexa to use new methods for processing and understanding all the disparate sources of information.This level of prediction and reasoning will also need to account for video data as more and more Alexa-compatible products include cameras.

Italian football league may use anti-terror listening devices to identify racist fans

Italian football league may use anti-terror listening devices to identify racist fans

Last week, during a Euro 2020 qualifier England players were subjected to monkey chants and Nazi salutes by Bulgaria fans .Now, football federation president Gabriele Gravina has given details of "a passive radar device that uses directional microphones to determine the source of the noise".

Facebook looks to offer encrypted calls

Facebook looks to offer encrypted calls

A screenshot posted on Twitter has provided fresh evidence to suggest that Facebook is working on end-to-end encryption for calls made on the Facebook Messenger app.According to a tweet posted yesterday, it looks like Facebook is indeed working on end-to-end encryption for calls made through Facebook Messenger.

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

But police believe the Amazon Echo smart speaker devices in the home, known as Alexa because of the common “wake” word used to activate them, may have heard and recorded something relevant during the fatal altercation when the couple argued after a night out, the Sun Sentinel reported.

What does Google REALLY know about you? Link reveals information search giant has gathered

What does Google REALLY know about you? Link reveals information search giant has gathered

Internet users can find out exactly what information Google thinks it knows about them - and then shares with advertisers - from their search history, including relationship status and even whether they have children.

Google boss says you must tell visitors if you have Nest or Alexa in your home

Google boss says you must tell visitors if you have Nest or Alexa in your home

Mr Osterloh acknowledged that wider regulation was needed for the technology sector and its use of data, but said Google was taking steps to make such processing more secure.

Here's everything Google announced at its big product event

Here's everything Google announced at its big product event

Google unveiled its newest smartphone, the Pixel 4, alongside a revamped pair of Pixel Buds and several new Nest smart home devices at its annual hardware event in New York on Tuesday.