Have an Amazon device? Take action now
If you don’t take action, Amazon is about to share your internet with your neighbors. This new service, Amazon Sidewalk is supposed to help devices work better however it does come with some risks.
So how does Amazon Sidewalk work? Basically, if one of your Amazon devices loses connectivity, your device would just switch to a neighbor’s internet signal so the service wouldn’t be disrupted.
“You’re donating a portion of your internet bandwidth to a pool for Amazon to use. So, you’re paying money for that internet, but now you’re getting this free service, and then now you’re giving some of it back for this pool,”Craig Petronella
Petronella says sharing your internet like this could slow down your connection. According to Amazon, the total monthly data used by sidewalk-enabled devices is capped at 500 MB. This is about what it takes to stream ten minutes of high-definition video. Cord cutters should opt-out of Amazon Sidewalk immediately or this could have a negative effect on their streaming.
The bigger concern is your privacy and security.
It should be an eye-opener any time you add a device to your network. You shouldn’t automatically opt-in until you study it and make sure that you’re comfortable with the risks. Next, you then you also need to know how to manage and update the thing to make sure that you’re taking the security seriously for that application or device.
Despite companies taking action to protect customers’ information, it can still get into the wrong hands.
Amazon Sidewalk and Privacy
If you’re quick to add those things to your network but don’t properly secure those devices, those are like Windows or doorways into your house. They have risks associated with them, and you need to manage those risks. If you can’t manage those risks effectively then you shouldn’t use the service or the device.
Your Amazon device will automatically be included in the Sidewalk network on June 8. You can read more about Amazon Sidewalk and Privacy by viewing the Amazon Sidewalk Privacy and Security Whitepaper.
How to opt-out of Amazon Sidewalk
You can opt-out, but you have to take action. You need to log into your Alexa or ring app, go to settings, select account settings and turn off Amazon Sidewalk.