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This Fake Amazon Alexa Setup App Was Fooling iOS Users

29 December 2018

Customers worldwide ordered more items than ever from Amazon this holiday season, the company announced Wednesday. Because a Prime membership allows members to order items at a discount, receive free shipping, and get it delivered in time for the holiday, this allows theirsales season to last longer than just about any other online shopping service.

Tens of millions of customers took advantage of an Amazon Prime membership by either signing up for a free trial or purchasing a paid membership during the holiday season. That extended to the Echo Dot Kids Edition, which also broke records, and Amazon's Ring and Blink, which sold more devices this year compared to other holiday seasons.

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As Alexa continues to command its place in the home, it's opening the door for the smart home ecosystem to flourish.Consumers warmed to smart home devices including smart plugs, lights, and doorbells, coinciding with the rise of Alexa-powered hardware during the holiday season, which are often used to operate smart home devices.

According to the press release Amazon put out, some of the more popular Amazon devices sold on the website this year include the Echo Dot, the Fire Stick 4K with Alexa remote, and the Amazon Echo. Carhartt clothing and accessories were top-sellers in the fashion category, and Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones were popular purchases in the electronics category. But investors will still have to wait for Amazon's fourth-quarter earnings to understand the impact of these sales since the company did not disclose the amount of revenue generated this season.

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Smart home tech, in general, is picking up momentum. Again, there are potentially good reasons for this, but way too many people keep insisting that the GDPR is about protecting privacy, and it is important to understand where and how it fails in that regard, and how it could even make much of your data more vulnerable. Alexa also set more than 100 million timers over the holidays.

Some Alexa device owners who thought the app called "Setup for Amazon Alexa" was legit even left reviews to express their frustration over the "instability" and "complicated setup" of the app.

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The Setup for Amazon Alexa app asked for users' IP address and device serial number.

This Fake Amazon Alexa Setup App Was Fooling iOS Users