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Amazon's Echo device is safe for most people to use, although some professionals who work with confidential material recommend turning it off when working from home.
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Some Echo owners have expressed concern about the smart home device, also known by the name Alexa, being unsafe in regard to privacy. These privacy concerns come from the device's tendency to pick up on words that may sound like prompts but aren't.
For instance, anyone in proximity to an Echo device can say, "Alexa," to prompt the device to turn on, but it can misinterpret other words and phrases as the name Alexa said in conversation rather than directly to the device. One example might be "a Lexus," although a reporter at tech website CNET said her device was triggered by the phrase "the last time."