Use Your Own Wake Words
Cyber criminals search out homes with basic security precautions in place. Avoid being their next target by ensuring you change each of your smart home device’s wake words from the manufacturer’s default settings. For instance, on your Echo, you can simply say the command, “Change the wake word.” You can also do it in the Alexa app, by selecting the Devices icon, then select your device and finally select the Wake Word. For compatible Echo devices, you can also change the wake word directly on the device. Check out these 15 ways to fake that you have a home security system.
Mute if You Need To
A digital assistant like Amazon Echo is an affordable and functional smart home device, but it can also be the most dangerous. Because you’re tethering your devices to a speaker with a microphone that’s always listening for your command, hackers could be getting easy access to things you say, like your passwords, vacation plans and more. Muting when it makes sense could save you in the long run. Here are 11 home security mistakes that put you at risk.