There are over 118 million smart speakers in the US alone, so you know that there are a lot of users that are not very tech-savvy. That’s what makes this report from Security Research Labs particularly disturbing. They’ve document exploits for Google Home and Amazon Alexa to trick users into giving up passwords, credit card number, and email address. They also documented a trick for getting users to turn their smart speakers into a hot microphone – forwarded everything it hears to the hacker’s servers.
Here’s our recommendation; know that no smart speaker will ever prompt you for your password – ever. Limit your exposure to having your devices comprimised by keeping the devices disconnected from the internet when you aren’t using them. Off Hours makes it easy.