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How to keep your smartened-up home safe from hackers

FILE - This July 25, 2017, file frame grab from video shows the Nest Cam IQ camera. As people get voice-activated speakers and online security cameras...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices during an ev...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo Spots are displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the c...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, David Limp, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Amazon, displays a new Echo, left, ...
FILE - In this  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Google's Rishi Chandra speaks about the Google Home Max speaker at a Google event in San Francisc...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Maxime Veron, head of product marketing for Nest Labs, talks about the features of the Nest Secu...

FILE - This July 25, 2017, file frame grab from video shows the Nest Cam IQ camera. As people get voice-activated speakers and online security cameras...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices during an ev...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo Spots are displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the c...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, David Limp, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Amazon, displays a new Echo, left, ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Google's Rishi Chandra speaks about the Google Home Max speaker at a Google event in San Francisc...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Maxime Veron, head of product marketing for Nest Labs, talks about the features of the Nest Secu...

NEW YORK (AP) — More people are getting voice-activated speakers and other smart devices for convenience and security. But doing so could also be giving hackers a key to their homes.

Many devices from reputable manufacturers have safeguards built in, but those can't guarantee against hacks. Devices from startups and no-name brands may have little or no protection.

It's important to research such devices to learn what they do — and don't do — to protect your privacy.

Sticking with reputable brands can help; these companies know their reputations are at stake if they're caught in a lie. Bigger companies can also quickly fix security holes that crop up.

But missteps are possible, even with reputable brands. And there's no easy way for consumers to verify the security promises that manufacturers make.