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Google Home Exposes High Security Risks Albeit Being Helpful To Owners Who Are Forgetful

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Google Home sure is extending a helpful ear to owners who are excessively forgetful but it also exposes high security risks to its masters and mistresses. Albeit being reviewed as wildly intelligent and supremely versatile in the ways in which it can be used, Google Home may endanger owners by recording everything it hears inside the comfort of one's home.

Losing important documents or items, Google Home can remember it all like where you stored your passport or where you put your spare keys, CNet reported. The latest technology that is Google Home exudes real potential to be one smart home command center Google wants it to be.

According to the source Google Home remembers specific items like where one thing is placed or what it is. All the owner has to do is ask. Since it is a machine, simplifying the sentences for command makes Google Home recall the information easier. Google Home will confirm that it will remember what has been told by speaking it back.

 It can record, should the user want to its password, bank account number, wallet, passports, and even ATM personal identification numbers. The source added that Google Home won't work with Google Assistant in other places, like Allo or on Pixel phones.

With technology giving the benefits and ease to its owners it also exposes its downside. Among the main concern of security experts today is the degree to which smart home devices are listening, Naked Security reported.

While owners are only thinking about the device's capability of recording important information, it has not gauged as to how much the device is taking in. Experts believe that with the device it also puts the privacy at risk for owners as all the recordings will be sent into a server.

It can be hacked, the sources emphasized. Who knows when but the fact that many homes have now Echo/Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google's Home assistant listening and recording, might pose doubts and fear of who might be able to exploit it.

The Dyn Attack is one example of the imposing threats of such technology that crippled major sites like Twitter, Paypal, Netflix, and Reddit. Security experts cautioned that there are always ruthless individuals who want to see or hear what one has on his or her personal data so they can use the information to benefit themselves or of their cause.

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