Got that nagging feeling someone is listening? 

You may be spot-on correct.  Louise & I often tease each other that our conversations are indeed being captured by others.  While watching news or a sporting event we'll make a comment ... and then 10-seconds later the announcer repeats what we just said. Example ... the golfer's 2nd shot on a par-5 goes right in the hole ... "albatross," Mike says. "Also known as a double eagle, three-under-par on a single hole."  Moments later: "An albatross!" CBS announcer Gary McCord repeats.  Knowingly, we nod and look about as if trying to find the hidden microphone.

We've avoided most "smart devices" in our household.  OK, we have a "smart TV" but rarely use the features that connect it to the worldwide web & the microphone is disabled.  The internet of things can't be found at HighPointe, We have no photo capturing doorbell, no "security" cameras.  Our lights, thermostat, garage door opener & refrigerator are not connected either.  But we still had fun listening to an NPR story on Fresh Air:  "How Tech Companies Track Your Every Move And Put Your Data Up For Sale."   Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler listened to four-years' worth of audio that Amazon had captured and stored from his Alexa "smart speaker".  He was surprised by what he found.  I wasn't.  [link]  Fowler's discussion about Alexa data mining begins at the 26-minute mark; prior to that Davies & Fowler discuss a host of issues with various computer browsers, extensions, and apps for computers and "smart phones". 

You'll want to hear that complete story above if you're like most American households - well equipped with the latest smart devices, computers & mobile phones.  After which you may want to know: "How to Review and Delete Your Alexa History" (and delete the more embarrassing inquiries).  Here's a link to a source that'll show you how to do it by voice, in the Alexa app, and on the web:  https://www.pcmag.com/feature/361437/how-to-review-and-delete-your-alexa-history

home ~ posted 07.31.19