[TECH TALK] As of June 8th Alexa Devices Were Automatically Opted into Amazon's Sidewalk Shared Mesh Network. How To Disable

On June 8th, Amazon opted your Alexa devices into a new shared mesh network. Devices opted in automatically are - Ring Floodlight Cam (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019), Echo (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer), Echo Plus (all generations), Echo Show (all models and generations), Echo Spot, Echo Studio, Echo Input, and Echo Flex.

I don’t know about you but despite Amazon’s assurances maybe it’s a good idea to disable it until we see if any hacks arise. ** Will you keep your Alexa devices enrolled?

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Amazon Sidewalk will provide a low-width wireless network throughout urban and suburban areas in the U.S. It could help you by tapping into this network for devices outside the range of your own home wifi. But we don’t control the activities carried out over Sidewalk, we don’t know what Amazon will be doing with its own nationwide system created out of OUR paid connectivity, and we don’t know what kind of IoT or surveillance devices will be attached. We pay for the network; Amazon decides how to use it.

Although your wifi underlies the new Amazon network, Sidewalk operates mostly through Bluetooth connections and a 900 MHz longer-distance signal. This mesh network drawn from all of our paid connection is described as something between the tight geo-limits of wifi and the expensive range of cellular service.

Will Sidewalk be used by Amazon to snoop on and around your home (and [feed that information to the police] (https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/03/amazons-ring-to-require-police-to-publicly-request-user-videos.html))? They say not. Could Sidewalk be hacked by Russians with an agenda? Amazon says its triple-encrypted system will keep them out. Amazon has published a whitepaper detailing the steps it took to make these connections safe. They may be right, but why not just ask my permission to switch my Echo or Ring device into a fully outside-networked IoT device? Or at least give me a coupon for cheaper connectivity since you are using mine for your benefit.

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You can opt out. To disable open your Alexa app on your smartphone. Look for the sandwich menu on the right-hand side labeled More. Click More. Click on Settings. Click on Account Settings Click on Amazon Sidewalk Move Slider to Disabled


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