Unplug the power cord if you're still worried. Your Xbox Kinect is, similar to Amazon and Google devices, listening for you to say "Xbox" in order to start obeying vocal commands.
However, the Xbox is more sophisticated, and therefore more of a potential spying threat. The Xbox is of particular concern because of concerns from several years ago that the Xbox could potentially be used by British and American intelligence agencies for spying on civilians. When you're not using your Xbox, turn it off. If you're still concerned, put the unit on a power strip and, after powering down your Xbox using the power button, turn off the power on the power strip.
But the more common spying associated with smart TVs is your metadata. Internet-connected TVs can track your viewing habits and use them to sell advertising. Vizio was guilty of overreach by selling viewing data without user's permission. Your computer, by far, has the most potential to spy on you. And that's beyond the usual data mining from Facebook, Microsoft, or Google. Because your computer is meant to be modified with new software, it's more sophisticated than virtual assistants and voice-activated appliances. That new software is supposed to offer fixes and improvements, but, unfortunately, you could be infected with spying malware.
That kind of software could track your keystrokes or secretly spy on you through the webcam. It's possible for malicious software to activate the webcam or mic without activating the indicator light. It sounds awfully rudimentary, but we also recommend covering your webcam with a sticky note when you're not using it and unplugging any USB webcams when they're not in use.
Cover your computer's built-in mic with tape and use a USB microphone or headset when you need to use it. On the plus side, you'll get better sound quality that way, anyway. If you're using a Mac, Macworld recommends this software for keeping an eye on your Mac's camera. Share Pin Email. Excels at serious game design and develops online help systems and manuals. What is the risk? Find All Amazon Alexa Recordings. Go to Amazon Devices. Select your Echo. Select Manage Recordings. You can find and delete your recordings.
Change Alexa's Name. You can change Alexa's wake word on Amazon. Select a device if you have more than one. Save your changes. Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home have a microphone button that you can toggle on and off. Our best advice is to keep your virus protection up to date.
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