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How to make sure your Amazon Echo doesn't send secret recordings

How to make sure your Amazon Echo doesn't send secret recordings

Alexa then asked aloud if they wanted to send a message to that and heard "right" in more background conversation.

According to the report, the couple said that the Amazon Echo device recorded a private conversation between her and her husband and sent the recording to an employee of the husband.

In a later statement, the company went into greater detail about what had happened, and why Alexa had forwarded the conversation.

The woman said that she had installed home device from Amazon, which control the temperature, lights and security system, but after the incident, she disabled them. Or you can say things like "Alexa, play that Drake playlist I was listening to last week".

However the mother of the Portland family, who reported the incident to KIRO 7 television, said in a follow-up interview that the Echo that shared her conversation was very close to her, and the volume was set to seven out of 10.

Aside from unplugging your smart speaker for good, there are some safeguards you can use if you're one of the 40 million people who have these voice-activated speakers from Amazon or competitors Google Home and Apple HomePod.

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Voice control - and specifically the hands-free experience offered by Echo speakers - has been a huge contributor to Amazon Music's growth, as has been its inclusion with the Amazon Prime membership program.

"Alexa then asked out loud, '[contact name], right?' Alexa then interpreted background conversation as "right", said Amazon. In response to inquiries, Amazon added an explanation, saying the customer had triggered a command that the device send an audio recording to a specific contact. The AI thought it heard one of the names from the couple's contact list.

Open the Alexa app on your smart device. After all this time, however, the Echo Dot is still the best Alexa device Amazon makes. As for Google Home, which was launched here in April, 25,000 devices have been shipped so far.

Turn your Echo into a nightlight with one simple command.

Another interesting fact about the sales result is the new emerging markets for these devices, for the first time in history; more than 50 percent of sales took place outside the United States, although the US remains a top consumer of these devices, people in other countries are also showing their interest in this new technology. So, it should come as no surprise that you'll see voice commands directed at these devices.

The assistant, the company said, had "in rare circumstances" mistakenly heard "Alexa, laugh".


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