Oops! Parents need presents of mind around digital devices
IT’S early December and many of us are already well under way with our Christmas shopping.
But shoppers who own an Amazon Alexa may need to watch out – because it now appears our digital devices could be accidentally ordering presents without our knowledge.
A cyber security expert has warned parents to be cautious about discussing their presents plans in the same rooms as their virtual assistants.
Matt Horan, of C3IA, solutions has revealed that devices such as the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant can interpret personal conversations as commands and order items online without your knowledge.
The UK-based expert said: “With Christmas approaching I can foresee many people answering doors to delivery drivers with packages that the person knows nothing about – and which their ‘home helper’ has ordered for them.”
Advising on how to combat any unwanted orders, Mr Horan said: “The most sensible (approach) is to disable the voice purchasing element of the device, or at least set up a passcode.
“And of course they can be turned off when you are having detailed discussions about potential items you might want.”