Amazon Sidewalk, going live today, affects Echos but not Fire TVs — What you need to know and how to turn it off

Amazon Sidewalk is a new system that is being activated today across millions of Echo smart speakers and a few Ring devices. It allows those devices to act as a middleman for internet access so that other Sidewalk-enabled devices can use your network. The catch is that anyone’s devices, not just your own, can use your network for internet access. If that’s not bad enough, it’s retroactively being flipped on by default for everyone and has been shown to turn itself back on even after you explicitly turn it off. Read more ›

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Amazon has started switching Sidewalk settings from OFF to ON, without asking, to share your Internet WiFi with the public

Amazon Echo owners have begun confirming that Amazon is switching the Amazon Sidewalk setting in the Alexa app from OFF to ON without asking or notifying them. As mentioned earlier this week, this setting allows Amazon to share your internet access with the public. People are saying that they are sure the setting was disabled last week and are now finding that it has enabled itself. Read more ›

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Why your Amazon Echos and Ring cameras are about to start using more data / bandwidth and how to stop it

Amazon is about to start rolling out something called Amazon Sidewalk to Amazon Echos, Echo Dots, Echo Shows, Echo Studios, Ring cameras, and more. You may have recently received an email about it. Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that allows your devices, as well as other people’s devices, to communicate with each other and the internet. If enabled on your account, you’re allowing Amazon to use a portion of your internet bandwidth and data for a shared network that anyone can tap into. Read more ›

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