As our devices get smarter, so do the ways we use them in our everyday lives. Sure, devices like the Amazon Alexa can help make everyday tasks more convenient, but that only scratches the surface. The same device you use to make plans for the weekend can help guard your home when you leave for those plans, too, thanks to Alexa's security features.
Though Alexa can implement small security measures around your home, it's important to remember that like all technology, it has its faults. In November 2019, researchers found that a quirky laser pointer trick could allow people to hack voice-activated smart devices — and, to be clear, this doesn't just apply to Alexa. It could also happen to smartphones and other smart speakers and home assistants. That's because some of these devices actually register high frequency lights as sounds, potentially giving someone the ability to open your garage or even make online purchases.
In response to the research, an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement, “Customer trust is our top priority and we take customer security and the security of our products seriously. We are reviewing this research and continue to engage with the authors to understand more about their work.”
All this being said, researchers mentioned that as long as you keep your Amazon Echo products out of sight from anyone outside, you should be in good standing. And if you want to use Alexa's features to give yourself a little more peace of mind when you leave your house or apartment, here are six hacks: