Security checklist for Google Home and Google Nest: Stop sharing private information now – CNET

google-home mini-2

google-home mini-2

Google Home devices have a physical mute feature that turns the microphone off completely. To use voice commands on your device while controlling how much voice data Google Assistant stores, you need to change some settings.

Chris Monroe / CNET

Rely on Google Home (

$ 79 at Walmart

) To manage your digital life, you need something from A compromise on your privacy, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to Give up all your secrets only at Get your smart speaker to work for you, It's possible to use a combination of security settings and responsible data protection practices to minimize the amount and type of data you share with Google and still take advantage of the Google Home speakerphone. What matters is that you know how much information is not stored in your Google account and still works the way you want it to.

Given that tech companies like Google have been subjected to tougher public scrutiny following a number of data breaches in recent years, including the evidence released last month Google has secretly made the personal data of its users available to third partiesMany people shy away from services that demand too much of their information. In response, many technology companies – including Google – are becoming more transparent about their data practices by establishing themselves portals Here you can access, delete and restrict the data collected about you.

If you love your Google homepage but want to limit the voice recordings, location information, and other personal information it stores, you'll need to adjust these settings to optimize your privacy practices.

Check which actions you have activated

In contrast to Amazon Echo devices with Alexathat you need to Enable third party capabilities before you can use most of them Google Assistant actions are integrated into the softwareOnly one voice command is required to activate. Therefore, most of the responsibility for protecting your privacy lies with Google. However, some actions require you to set them up, especially if you connect smart home devices such as lights and door locks to Google Home. To view a list of all the actions you manually activated:

1. Open that Google Assistant App on your mobile device. (If you don't have the Assistant app, go to the iOS App Store or Google Play and download it.)

Second Touch the Explore symbol (the small compass needle in a circle) in the lower left corner.

Third Scroll all the way down and tap Your actions,

4th tap Connected,

google-pixel-4-event-nyc-10-15-19-cnet-095 "data-original =" 4008-a284-fcf98e243b64 / google-pixel-4-event-nyc-10-15-19-cnet-095.jpg

Google's Rick Osterloh discusses user privacy at the company's recent event in New York.

Sarah Tew / CNET

From here, you can view all the actions that you have specifically authorized, probably music services (like Pandora or Spotify) or smart home devices (like Nest or Wemo). If you see some that you don't recognize or no longer need (e.g. if you changed the music service), you can delete them as follows:

1. Touch the Icon for further information (three horizontal lines) to the right of the linked service you want to delete.

Second Scroll down to account status,

Third tap delete link,

4th When the app asks you to confirm, tap delete link,

See everything that Google Assistant has on you

First, you’ll want to navigate to the Settings page, which lists all of the information that Google has stored about you.

1. Open yours Google Home App.

Second Tap your personal symbol (it could be your photo or a silhouette) in the upper right corner.

Third Choose You from the menu bar above.

4th tap Your data in the assistant,

Here you can scroll through all the information that Google Assistant has stored about you. You can delete items one at a time by tapping the trash can icon next to each item, or you can follow the next steps to delete all items.

google-home-assistant-hero-final-3-1 "data-original =" google-home-assistant-hero-final-3-1.jpg

Every interaction with Google Home is logged, including audio recordings of your voice commands, unless you instruct Google Assistant not to do so.


Delete some or all of your private information

The Google Assistant stores audio recordings of every voice command Google Home has ever heard (including false triggers). This way, the software can better understand your voice and better execute future commands, but is not critical to the operation of the device. How to delete this and all other data:

1. Go to Your data in the assistant Page. Under Your assistant job tap My activity,

Second Right of the search bar Tap the icon at the top of the page three stacked dots,

Third tap Delete activity with,

4th If you want to start with a clean board, tap The whole time, Otherwise, you can delete all the data that was collected in the Last hour. Last day or create one Custom areaFor example, let’s say from the day you used Google Home to the last month.

5th The app will ask you to confirm that you want to delete your Google Assistant activity for the specified period. tap Clear to confirm.

6th The following message appears: "Deletion complete." Tap in the lower right corner I have it return to the main line Google Assistant activity Page. "height =" 110 "width =" 196

Currently running:
Look at that:

Google's Nest Hub Max Smart Display tracks your face


Choose how often your data will be deleted

If you don't mind reminding Google Assistant of your recent interactions, you can choose to have the data automatically deleted after 3 or 18 months. From the main street Google Assistant activity Page:

1. On the Your data in the assistant Page under Your assistant job tap My activity and Then tap the icon of three stacked Points to the right of the search bar at the top.

Second Tap Keep Activity and then decide if you want to keep the activity forever (Keep until I delete manually) Keep for 18 months or Keep for 3 months,

Third When the app prompts you to confirm the change, scroll to the bottom of the page and tap To confirm,

4th tap I have it return to the main line Google Assistant activity Page.

google-home-hub-12 "data-original =" 12. jpg

The Google Nest Hub has a physical mute, but the Google Nest Hub Max, which has a webcam, does not have a physical shutter that covers the camera.

Chris Monroe / CNET

The most extreme data protection option: interrupt all activities

Instead of deleting it regularly, you can set Google Assistant so that no logs of your data are saved at allHowever, this can cause problems with how the Google Assistant works. If your privacy is of the utmost importance to you and you are ready to deal with a few glitches from time to time, the main thing Google Assistant activity Page:

1. Scroll down to Web and app activity is enabled and tap Change the environment,

Third Turn off the switch next to it Web and app activity,

4th A screen appears warning you that "stopping web and app activity may limit or disable more personalized experiences on Google ServicesMsgstr "Press at the bottom of the screen Break to prevent Google from logging your activity. Please note that changing this setting will not delete any of your personal data from Google. It only prevents Google Assistant from recording further data in the future.

After you press Break, You will be returned to the main menu Google Assistant activity Page.

chris-benham-aibo-14 "data-original =" benham-aibo-14.jpg

Smart speakers aren't the only devices that pay attention to us – Sony's Aibo robot dog is just one of many smart devices on the market that listen, watch, and remember.

Tyler Lizenby / CNET

That was & # 39; s – now you don't have to declare an open season for your personal life or for your personal data to enjoy your Google Home smart speaker or hub. This can be especially important if you fear that Google will restart the human-operated quality assurance program, which was interrupted in August, and where auditors would listen to recordings from many of the over 3.2 million Google Home devices in the wild.

Not to mention that smart speakers are just the beginning: nowadays Robotic dogs record your face and voice. Amazon uses human inspectors to troubleshoot security camera issues and Facebook allows employees to listen to your video calls,

Originally released last year.