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Smart speakers mistakenly eavesdrop up to 19 times a day

byDanny BradburyThat smart home speaker isn’t listening to everything you say, according to new research – but it is listening a lot more than it should. Researchers have found some speakers activating by mistake up to 19 times each day.Virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are programmed not to listen to your conversation constantly. Instead, t
Publish At:2020-02-25 09:11 | Read:260 | Comments:0 | Tags:Amazon Apple Google Machine Learning Microsoft Privacy Alexa

Researchers use lasers to hack Siri, Alexa, Google assistants

Researchers have used programmable low-powered lasers to remotely control voice-activated personal assistants like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Google Assistant from up to 360 feet away. These attacks exploit a vulnerability in microphones using micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), which the researchers have discovered will respond to lasers the sam
Publish At:2019-11-11 22:10 | Read:476 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security & Privacy Alexa Amazon Echo Apple HomePod Google Ho

Google chief warns visitors about smart speakers in his home

byLisa VaasApparently caught off-guard by a question from the BBC, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh made up a privacy etiquette rule on the spot last week when he said that yes, homeowners should tell guests that they’ve got smart speakers running in their homes.At any rate, that’s what he does, he said.Here’s his reported response after
Publish At:2019-10-22 05:45 | Read:836 | Comments:0 | Tags:Amazon Google IoT Privacy Alexa Amazon Echo eavesdropping Go

New Apple gear and bizarre Amazon hardware – Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 102

This week on the Intego Mac Podcast, episode 102…It hasn't been long, but Apple has already released iOS 13.1, and iPad OS 13.1, both initially scheduled for next week. (Of course, Apple waited until after we recorded this week's episode to release iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1.) Josh and Kirk discuss these updates, an Apple security advisory about third-part
Publish At:2019-09-27 22:10 | Read:791 | Comments:0 | Tags:How To Intego Mac Security Podcast Alexa Amazon Amazon Echo

Everyone is listening! – Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 98

The Intego Mac Podcast episode 98 is now available!There's a recurring theme in security and privacy news lately, and that is the fact that everyone is listening. If you use Alexa, OK Google, or Siri, the companies behind these services listen to some of your requests (and sometimes when you don't explicitly ask their devices anything). This week we share ne
Publish At:2019-09-19 16:40 | Read:611 | Comments:0 | Tags:Intego Mac Security Podcast Alexa clickjacking Facebook Micr

Alexa, Are You Keeping My Information Private?

“By sitting in the alcove, and keeping well back, Winston was able to remain outside the range of the telescreen, so far as sight went. He could be heard, of course, but so long as he stayed in his present position he could not be seen.” The above quote is a snippet from George Orwell’s dystopian-themed novel 1984, where Big Brother is constantly
Publish At:2017-01-12 08:25 | Read:4037 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles Security Awareness 1984 Alexa Amazon ASK I

Eyes Wide Open with the Internet of Things

Vacuums, refrigerators and thermostats – OH MY! Take a stroll through the homewares section of your favorite store and you are likely to find that nearly all home appliances lighting, and thermostats have a “smart” model or feature. Such is the reality of the Internet of Things (IoT).With two IT professionals in our household, we run it a bit differently tha
Publish At:2016-12-15 06:50 | Read:3858 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Articles Internet of Things Alexa data Google Priva

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