Video: Is Alexa Spying on Us?Submitted by Reby Advisors | Certified Financial Planners | Danbury, CT on January 31st, 2019
Presented by Adam Levin, Published February 1, 2019
This 2:32 video is from a recent talk hosted by Reby Advisors where cybersecurity specialist Adam Levin, author of SWIPED, shared tips to protect your investments, your credit and your identity from cyber attacks.
Watch this video and learn why Levin always unplugs an Amazon Alexa in a hotel room.
The full presentation is available here: www.rebyadvisors.com/live-events-videos
If you have any questions about how to protect your money and your lifestyle from risks, call Reby Advisors at (203) 790-4949.
When I go into a hotel and I see an Alexa there, first thing I do is tip toe over and pull it out the plug. You can do that, I mean, a lot of hotels for instance now say that if you don't want it in your room, we'll take it out. But as I said earlier, I've had people sitting in a room, no one said, "Alexa." They didn't say anything, and then all of a sudden, something happened. Of course, my son always sneaks up to Alexa and goes, "Go to Amazon and buy me toys."
They are, for instance, the police in a Mid Western state, which state escapes me, actually subpoenaed an echo because they believe that when a murder was committed, that at least 60 seconds, if not more, the sounds that would have given them a clue as to who may have committed the murder were on that machine.
Just like for instance, when you buy, and this is scary, when you buy connected toys for your children or your grandchildren, a lot of it. Like for instance, when they have these talk to Barbie and she's going to talk back to you, well, they don't realize in order for you to do that, what you say gets translated into algorithms, and then it gets retranslated, and then Barbie talks back to you.
Or these different Internet of Things devices are taking the information in, and it's not that the manufacturer is a bad person, or an entity, is that someone hacked in because they found a vulnerability. 'Cause here's the scary part, on Internet of Things devices, every one of them comes with a manufacturer default password, and pretty much every one of those manufacturer default passwords is for sale as we speak on the Dark Web. That why when you get an Internet of Things device, read the manual. It will tell you how to change the password. Just like you need to make sure the password on your router, which is sort of, think of it as the main entry point into your home, for all of your stuff that you need to be very careful about.
Don't use a silly password. Again, password is not a password, nor is one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, which 37 million people learned the hard way at Ashley Madison that perhaps they should have come up with a better password. At the end of the day, each and every one of us has to exercise proper cyber hygiene.