Are you worried that your Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker is spying on you? A new device called Paranoid — yup, that’s the name — might offer a little relief.
All three Paranoid models block your smart speaker from listening to you until you say the Paranoid’s own wake word, “Paranoid”, after which the gizmo lets the smart speaker listen in.
The simplest Paranoid device, the Home Button, sits on your Amazon Echo’s Mute button and keeps it pressed. The intermediate one, the Home Wave, jams the microphones on Echo and Google Home devices.
The most complicated setup, the Home Max, has you ship your smart speaker to Paranoid headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta. There, Paranoid’s technicians will snip the speaker’s microphone cable and attach it to an external Paranoid device, then ship the speaker back to you.
Despite the different levels of work involved, all three devices list