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Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17591

Amazon has announced a home automation bundle called Amazon Key, which combines a smart lock with the new Amazon Cloud Cam. The sales pitch is that this hardware will enable Amazon delivery people to unlock your front door so they can leave packages inside your house — you can watch the process on the webcam. Of course, Amazon recommends disabling your home security system on days you expect a delivery and doesn’t recommend using the service if you have a pet. What could possibly go wrong? (How long do you have?) File this one under “Not just no, but hell no!”

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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

Marilyn Matty


On Oct 25, 2017, at 1:18 PM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

This article was just published by TidBITS and sent to you at your request.

Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17591

Amazon has announced a home automation bundle called Amazon Key, which combines a smart lock with the new Amazon Cloud Cam. The sales pitch is that this hardware will enable Amazon delivery people to unlock your front door so they can leave packages inside your house — you can watch the process on the webcam. Of course, Amazon recommends disabling your home security system on days you expect a delivery and doesn’t recommend using the service if you have a pet. What could possibly go wrong? (How long do you have?) File this one under “Not just no, but hell no!”


Maybe they'll leave a delivery like this one?

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order


Marilyn



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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

Michael Gillman
If I had that delivery I would never have complained. No matter what I ordered that would have been a fantastic discount.

On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 1:13 PM, Marilyn Matty <[hidden email]> wrote:


On Oct 25, 2017, at 1:18 PM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

This article was just published by TidBITS and sent to you at your request.

Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17591

Amazon has announced a home automation bundle called Amazon Key, which combines a smart lock with the new Amazon Cloud Cam. The sales pitch is that this hardware will enable Amazon delivery people to unlock your front door so they can leave packages inside your house — you can watch the process on the webcam. Of course, Amazon recommends disabling your home security system on days you expect a delivery and doesn’t recommend using the service if you have a pet. What could possibly go wrong? (How long do you have?) File this one under “Not just no, but hell no!”


Maybe they'll leave a delivery like this one?

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order


Marilyn



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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

Marilyn Matty

I'll bet the guy who packed the box now sleeps with the fishes, like Luca Brazzi:


Marilyn



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On Oct 25, 2017, at 4:21 PM, Michael Gillman <[hidden email]> wrote:

If I had that delivery I would never have complained. No matter what I ordered that would have been a fantastic discount.

On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 1:13 PM, Marilyn Matty <[hidden email]> wrote:


On Oct 25, 2017, at 1:18 PM, TidBITS Articles <[hidden email]> wrote:

This article was just published by TidBITS and sent to you at your request.

Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

By Josh Centers
http://tidbits.com/article/17591

Amazon has announced a home automation bundle called Amazon Key, which combines a smart lock with the new Amazon Cloud Cam. The sales pitch is that this hardware will enable Amazon delivery people to unlock your front door so they can leave packages inside your house — you can watch the process on the webcam. Of course, Amazon recommends disabling your home security system on days you expect a delivery and doesn’t recommend using the service if you have a pet. What could possibly go wrong? (How long do you have?) File this one under “Not just no, but hell no!”


Maybe they'll leave a delivery like this one?

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order


Marilyn



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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

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Maybe they'll leave a delivery like this one?

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Nothing like getting home to a warm welcome from the DEA.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

JohnGregory
With all of the Ransomware Breaches, computer viruses, wifi compromises etc why in the world would I want to allow Amazon or any other company to have access to my house via a wifi controlled lock? I lived in Chicago for the past 45 years, no longer there now…there is no chance that I would allow such a service.  All we need to do is give criminals or potential criminals a new creative way to get into our houses!

JohnGregory



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Maybe they'll leave a delivery like this one?

Amazon Customers Surprised To Receive 65 Pounds Of Marijuana They Did Not Order

Nothing like getting home to a warm welcome from the DEA.

cheers... -Adam


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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

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On Oct 25, 2017, at 6:05 PM, JohnGregory <[hidden email]> wrote:

With all of the Ransomware Breaches, computer viruses, wifi compromises etc why in the world would I want to allow Amazon or any other company to have access to my house via a wifi controlled lock? I lived in Chicago for the past 45 years, no longer there now…there is no chance that I would allow such a service.  All we need to do is give criminals or potential criminals a new creative way to get into our houses!



Thieves have figured out for years how to break into cars with keyless fobs, so it’s logical they’ll figure out Amazon’s system as well.







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Re: TidBITS: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your House

Marilyn Matty
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On Oct 25, 2017, at 7:05 PM, JohnGregory <[hidden email]> wrote:

With all of the Ransomware Breaches, computer viruses, wifi compromises etc why in the world would I want to allow Amazon or any other company to have access to my house via a wifi controlled lock? I lived in Chicago for the past 45 years, no longer there now…there is no chance that I would allow such a service.  All we need to do is give criminals or potential criminals a new creative way to get into our houses!


In addition this, how much do you want Amazon to know about you? Do you really want a camera that's positioned by your front door and potentially know who goes in and out, etc. They'll be adding an option to book services like dog walking, babysitting, cleaning, repairs, etc. I also read about a forthcoming Amazon camera and service that will monitor closets, suggest outfits and wardrobe options. 

And what would happen if hackers gain access to any of these services? Security and privacy are big reasons why I'm a big fan of Apple products and services.

Marilyn



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