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Are your Christmas gifts oversharing?

Laura Martin
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This Christmas’ tech gifts are more connected than ever. With both the tech savvy and those just wanting to keep up with the Jones’ purchasing these connected devices - how many of them really know just how much they’re sharing….

sonos speaker

The Sonos One Speaker combines a speaker with Amazon Alexa voice control. It can play music from services like Spotify and Amazon Music among others. You can also use the Alexa function to check the weather, set reminders and manage other smart devices.  However in order for it to work you have  to register the device which means providing information such as an email address and location data (country, postal code).

Sonos state they ‘may work with third party advertisers’ and their privacy statement says “All information you provide may be transferred or accessed by entities around the world” 

Amazon echo show

Amazon Echo Show is basically Alexa with pictures. It can show videos, photos, music and more. However what you’re showing it via the built-in camera and microphone is less obvious… The privacy policy states ‘The Software will provide Amazon with information about your use of Alexa, your Alexa Interactions, and your Alexa Enabled Products and Auxiliary Products (such as device type, name, features, and status, network connectivity, and location).’ 

sengled snap

The Sengled Snap is an energy efficient light combined with an IP camera so it knows where you are in your home, so it can turn the lights on when you’re in the room and vice versa. You might not want to install one in your bathroom or bedroom though, (unless you’re an exhibitionist!) Their privacy statement says ‘While connected to the Services, these devices automatically report information to our servers (including information that you may have provided when setting up or configuring that device), which may include personal information. In addition, our third party partners, including advertising partners, may also use web beacons, or transmit cookies to and read cookies from your browser, application or device when you visit or use our Services’. 

Thankfully there's some steps you can take to keep your devices - and your information-safe. 

1. Firstly and most obviously, ensure your WiFi network is protected using WPA2 protocol and a secure complex password.

2. Give your WiFi network a random name as opposed to 'John's house' to stop your name being used in social-engineering attempts.

3. Disable guest network access entirely.

4. If possible have a separate network for connected devices and another for your computers and online purchasing/banking.

5. Use a firewall to protect the network.

If you'd like to know more about how connected devices could be used to improve your business give us a call on 0207 977 9230 or email at 

Laura Martin
Laura Martin is Event Manager at Dock9, having previously worked in the financial sector for 15 years including at the Bank of England, Northern Trust and BNP Paribas