Get In The Habit Of Deleting Your AI's Stored Voice Commands

August 17, 2020

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Nothing online is 100% secure. Recent bugs found in Alexa’s web services could have let hackers access voice recordings and personal data stored on Amazon’s servers. Although this particular glitch was corrected, it is being used as a reminder to regularly delete your smart speaker’s audio recordings. Each command you give is stored and it is a privacy risk if hackers access it.  So get in the habit of deleting them daily or at the very least weekly.  For Alexa, open the Alexa app and click the three lines at the bottom-right of the screen.  Locate "settings" and select "Alexa privacy."  There you can review voice history and delete specific or all of the voice commands made. For Google, visit your Google activity page, scroll to "voice & audio activity" and select "manage activity." From here, you can search through the history using the search bar; delete based on keywords, date, and/or product-type; or delete each entry individually. For Apple's Siri, it's all or nothing, which means the only way to delete stored voice commands is to deactivate Siri. Go to "settings," then "Siri & Search." Disable “Listen for ‘Hey Siri” and “Press Side Button for Siri.” Accept the warning to fully disable the features. Whatever way you do it, make sure deleting your digital assistant’s voice history becomes a regular part of your data security upkeep.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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