How To Prevent Your Smart Home Gadgets From Spying On You

Make sure your smart devices aren't tracking your secure information.

Smart devices like the Nest, Amazon Echo, and even TVs are some of the hottest tech. But privacy advocates warn that these smart devices can actually record your conversations, personal data, and location through their smartphone apps. Sure, they’re convenient and fun, and they can really make life at the office or home a lot better. But what about protecting your secure information?

The good news is that you can have privacy and still enjoy all these amazing tech toys. But you need to be a savvy shopper and a careful consumer to make sure that your devices can’t spy on you without your knowledge. According to privacy and consumer advocates, here are the best things to do if you’re worried that your smart home devices might pick up your business’s secure information or track you at home:

Read The Terms And Conditions

Always read the terms and conditions in full.
Be sure to read all the terms and conditions of a device or app.

No one ever really reads the terms and conditions, right? Maybe not, but if you want to protect your privacy, you should before you agree to them. In those terms and conditions, companies will tell you exactly how much secure information they’ll collect. So when you agree to them, you’re also agreeing to the listed monitoring details. Make sure that you read all of the terms and conditions. If you don’t want your device to track you at all, then don’t agree to them. Once you agree, you have no recourse.

Delete Your Amazon Recordings

The Amazon Echo does record your voice quite often, especially when you ask it to do tasks, search for information, or make purchases. But you can access those recordings through your Amazon account at any time, which means you can also delete them. So if you’re worried about Alexa recording some private, secure information, just go into your Amazon account on a regular basis and delete those recordings. It’s an easy way to make sure that your personal data won’t be shared anywhere.

Disable Voice Commands

Voice control remotes for smart TVs are pretty handy. They make it easy to play your favorite show or start a series on a particular episode. But if you enable voice commands, your TV will listen to everything you say. This includes conversations that have nothing to do with TV or movies. If you really want to protect your privacy, but you don’t want to get rid of your smart TV, just disable the voice command function. You can use a regular remote control for your TV and enjoy all of its other features.