Video doorbells alert you to movements outside of your door. Home security cameras watch your home inside and out. Alexa can listen for breaking glass or a smoke alarm going off. You can set your smart lights and thermostat on a timer or adjust them from your phone from anywhere.
All of that sounds like a great way to protect your home and save you money. But there is a privacy trade-off. Alexa and Siri are always on but don’t record unless you use their wake words. My Alexa will wake when there’s a commercial that talks about Alexa on TV. Someone could hack your home and see inside (see link for suggestions on protecting your cameras).
Do you trust your smart devices to protect your privacy?
- Yes, I trust them to protect my private information
- I trust some of them, but not all
- No, I don’t trust smart devices to protect my private information