Minimize How Long an Amazon Fire TV Device Can Listen To You

Miguel A. Calles
2 min readNov 12, 2020
Recommendation for powering an Amazon FireTV Device

Amazon Fire TV devices are pretty nice, but there is the risk they listen to you. In this super short article, I will share how you can minimize the amount of time this device (or a similar device) can listen to you.

  1. Buy an eco-friendly power strip that controls other outlets.
  2. Connect your TV to the master (or control) outlet. This outlet will control when power is delivered to the dependant (or energy saving) outlets.
  3. Connect your Fire TV (or similar device) to the dependant outlet.

Now the Fire TV will only power on when you are watching TV.

BONUS #1: You can unplug the Fire TV USB port when you’re done watching and reconnect it when you want to watch. I suggest doing this because you may not always use your Fire TV when you watch TV. Surprisingly, I still use DVDs and Bluray discs.

BONUS #2: Connect your Fire TV to your router’s guest network instead of your main network. Configure the guest network not to have access to the main network. If the Fire TV ever gets hacked, the hacker will not have access to your main network.

I hope this helps you improve your home’s privacy and cybersecurity.

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Miguel is a Principal Security Engineer and is the author of the “Serverless Security “ book. He has worked on multiple serverless projects as a developer and security engineer, contributed to open-source serverless projects, and worked on large military systems in various engineering roles.