The right smart speaker setting can alert you to a home intruder.
The more time we spend away from home whether going back to an office or finally escaping to a vacation you have been putting off, follow some simple steps with your existing smart tech at home can improve your security.
It starts with tweaking some basic smart home oversights that seem convenient to you and me, and its also like handing criminals the keys to your front door.
Burglars can say “Alexa, unlock the front door” to gain entrance to hvomes equipped with smart locks with no second layer of security.
Prevent a stranger from using Alexa to unlock your front door. It’s been proven that Amazon Echo devices along with other home smart speakers have such good hearing that they can detect commands from a voice on the outside of your home.
Just try it. Holler a loud command outside your home with the window closed and chances are it will work. Even if you don’t yet use a smart lock, scream a common command like “Alexa, what time is it?”
“Alexa, open the garage door”.
If you are using any smart locks and access devices that unlock entry points like your garage door, add another layer of protection by adding authentication with a passcode that follows your voice command to open any entry point to your home.
How your smart home speakers become a watch dog
Amazon Echo devices offer free Alexa Guard to alert you while away. When any of its Echo speakers hears glass breaking and a fire/smoke alarm, it sends an instant notification. One great feature let’s Alexa Guard randomly turn on and off various smart bulbs and lights throughout your home.
The subscription add-on to the free version called Alexa Guard Plus takes protection to stronger level by connecting a live emergency response center to a human being who can call police, fire and emergency services by voice command. Guard Plus currently $5 per month also can detect people talking, a barking dog and footsteps of a potential intruder heard inside while you are away.
Nest Aware is a similar competing $6 per month subscription that enables Nest cameras and Google Home speakers to notify you if any of your Google-connected devices detect a person on camera, sounds of break glass, and alarm sound of a smoke detector. A human operator can be beckoned on a Google Home speaker to notify police, fire and an ambulance when you call for help.
Take a few moments to make some tweaks to your home security before you leave home next and share these valuable tips with those you love.