Why is my keyboard connected to the cloud?

CHRIS DUCKETT | January 13, 2019

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Everything is becoming a thing connected to the internet, but some things really shouldn't be. First cab off that rank should be input devices, because what sort of maniac thinks the advantages of a roaming cloud-based configuration outweighs the potential explosion in surface area to attack and compromise? That maniac is called Razer, and it has been connecting keyboards to its Synapse software for years.At last week's CES, Razer took it a step further when it announced it is adding support for users to use Alexa to control their peripherals."Alexa, ask Chroma to change my lighting profile to FPS mode," Razer cheerily proclaims as an example of its upcoming functionality. For this to work, the software that usually controls keyboard and mice settings needs to be connected to Amazon Alexa.It's a 2-for-1 cloud connection, because once you embrace the idea of Razer's servers being secure, then you've already accepted a more risky proposition than using just Amazon.Last month, Razer faced blowback when it launched a cryptocurrency mining application called Cortex, where users would be rewarded with its Silver funny money.

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