So how does a voice activated device work with the mic muted? **Slaps Alexa around a bit until she replies** No smart phone, no cell phone. Still have a landline, but it has a blocker on it that works like a charm. That's what my luck would be. Talking about some politician/public figure and I blurt out something about bodily harm. Then the SWAT team kicks in my door, confiscates my guns, etc. Yeah, yeah - tinfoil hat, right? Wanna bet me a roll of tinfoil it never happens to somebody?