• Vincent Williams

How To Secure Your Alexa Devices

Do you know if your Amazon Echo devices are actually listening to you? There are words that sound similar to “Alexa”, and it is possible these devices could pick up fragments of private conversations. It’s not just your phone and computer that you need to secure, but your smart devices as well. Luckly, with just a couple of steps, you can properly secure your device to your liking. Below are a couple of tips you could use to help secure your smart home device.


Delete All of Your Voice History

  1. Open the Alexa app.

  2. Open More and select Settings.

  3. Select Alexa Privacy.

  4. Select Review Voice History, and use the drop-down to select a date range.

  5. Select the voice recordings you want to delete or delete all voice recordings for that date range.

Delete Alexa Voice Recordings Automatically

  1. Open the Alexa app.

  2. Open More and select Settings.

  3. Select Alexa Privacy.

  4. Select Manage Your Alexa Data.

  5. Go to Automatically delete recordings, then select Off to enable the setting.

  6. Choose a time period to keep your voice recordings and then select Confirm

Change the Wake Word on Your Echo Device

  1. Open the Alexa app.

  2. Open Devices.

  3. Select All Devices and then select your device. If your device has active Reminders or Routines, you might have to select settings to reach the Device Settings page.

  4. Scroll under General and select Wake Word.

  5. Select a wake word from the list, and then select OK.

You can also simply say: “Alexa, change the wake work” to say a new word.


Turn Off Your Camera and Microphone When You Aren't Using The Device.


This step goes a long way. Physically turning off the camera and mic from the device ensures that someone is not listening or watching what’s going on in your household.



These steps should take less than 10 minutes to do, but can offer peace of mind while using your smart device! For more information in regards to your echo device, you can visit the Support for Amazon Echo Page.

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