Amazon Alexa: Prevent the digital assistant eavesdropping on all your conversations
Alexa is now becoming a part of more and more homes, but many users do not want others listening to their device. This is because Alexa works only when she can listen permanently and is connected to the Internet, since the voice assistant needs to pay attention to a set activation word.
As soon as the word is detected, Alexa sends the following voice command to the servers of Amazon where it is evaluated. Only in this way, can the system transmit suitable answers and execute desired actions.The data that has been transferred can be found out via the Alexa app.
In the app, open the menu and select “Settings | History“. You will now see all the identified voice commands and can delete them if needed;
You can tell whether Alexa is currently active and is sending data with one look at
your Amazon Echo.
If the LED ring glows blue, then Alexa is listening, as it indicates data transfer.
If the LEDs are off, then Alexa is waiting for the activation word.
To make an activated voice transfer clearer, you can activate request sounds in the Alexa app.
To do this, open the menu, go to “Settings | [Device name] | Sounds | Request Sounds“.
Here, select “Start the request” and “End the request“. If you wish to skip the detection of the activation word, then press the button to disable the microphone on the top side of the Echo.
With the help of the red glow of the LED, you will know whether the microphone is switched off. There is no Off switch in Amazon Echo. If you wish to shut down the system completely, you must pull the power plug. A simpler method is to use a power strip with switches.
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