Artificial intelligence has become a regular feature of smartphones. In fact, each company has developed its own: Apple has Siri, Windows a Cortana and in the case of Android we find an increasingly wide offer, with Google Assistant and Samsung’s Bixby.
And the virtual assistant + device combination is the foundation of Amazon’s Echo, a smart speaker that uses Alexa, a voice service based on the Cloud or Cloud Technology whose AI learns in geometric progression: answer questions, play music, count jokes, controls lights and thermostats, gives you sports scores, news summaries and more. Your AI is learning from us, so configuring your security is essential.
Next, following the advice of OSI, the Internet User Safety Office, we are going to see step by step how to configure our Alexa device to add an extra layer of security and protect our data, conversations and privacy:
How to set up Alexa security
1- Open Alexa
The first thing is to open the app and select Settings> Alexa Privacy. From this menu we will access all the options that we will need later.
2- Voice History
Within the Privacy area, we can click on the option Consult voice history. Here we can see a record of your recordings at different date ranges. We have two additional options that can be very useful:
– Clear history with voice command
– Schedule an automatic deletion (minimum 3 months)
3- Device History
In this option we will find the information collected by the third-party smart devices that have been connected to our speaker, in order to manage the history of home devices that we have. We will be able to delete the history, although in this option we do not have automatic deletion options, nor a temporary or device filter.
4- Manage skills permissions
In this menu we can see the types of data that we share with the different skills of our speaker, such as address, telephone number or email. If we want to stop sharing any data that we consider sensitive, we can deactivate the permission. We will be able to delete the history, although in this option we do not have automatic deletion options, nor a temporary or device filter.
5- Alexa data
Finally, in the Privacy section, we can decide if we want Amazon to analyze all our recordings. By default, the server will use these recordings to improve the recognition system of our voice, but if we are concerned about privacy, we can disable it.