Chances of your Amazon Alexa being hacked are slim, says former hacker

Chances of your Amazon Alexa being hacked are slim, says former hacker


The good news is that the chances of your Alexa being hacked are incredibly low, according to former NSA hacker Jake Williams. Williams is the founder of Rendition Infosec, an information security firm.

“Would-be attackers don’t care what you’re talking about at home. They’re looking to monetize data,” Williams told CNBC Make It. The truth is that hacking is not as simple as it looks on television. Companies like Amazon and Google put a lot of work into ensuring their smart devices are secure.

In other words, a hacker is far more likely to spend their time targeting your banking data than they are listening to your conversations at home. Hackers take advantage of security flaws to gain entry into unauthorized systems. Laptops and smartphones are notorious for this due to the amount of software installed and used on a daily basis. The average person does not check the security of the software they use, and many are also likely to download software from less-than-trustworthy sites.

Smart speakers do not operate in the same way, which makes them more difficult to hack. The main two forms of input come from your voice commands to the hardware and the data stream from Amazon’s servers. The first option is impossible to hack, and the second is not feasible for the vast majority of hackers out there.

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