Enhance Your Google Assistant’s Privacy and Security with These Tips

As voice assistants, Google Assistant and Amazon Echo offer a convenience unheard of a decade ago. We can order groceries, add to our calendars, play games, get directions, control home appliances, make calls, and send texts and emails by simply giving a voice command. However, these smart speakers listen and track our interactions.

Amazon and Google ensure they aren’t violating users’ privacy. They only record when “wake words” are used. Users can delete these interactions. If you’re concerned about your privacy, we’ll show you what to share and how with your Google Assistant. If you have an Echo device, we’ve already covered how to manage those privacy settings.

Getting started

Turning off certain features within your Google Assistant settings will make your device less customized to you and your needs. For example, you can still play media, browse the internet, and set reminders. However, if you choose not to enable contact information, your assistant won’t recognize the name of the person you wish to call.

You might be asked to enable these settings when updating your Google Assistant settings:

Turning these Google Assistant settings on or off:

Share options on Google Assistant

It’s a relief that we don’t need to choose between accessibility and privacy. Understanding the latter can allow us to tailor our devices accordingly.

Outlook Enrichment’s adaptive technology trainers can show you how to maximize everything your Google Assistant offers. Call 531.365.5314 to learn more.

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