Amazon Will Start Sharing Your Internet Connection with Your Neighbors
You Have About a Week to Change Your Default Settings, to Tell Amazon to Not Share Your Internet Connection with Your Neighbors
If you have Amazon devices like an Alexa or an Echo... Amazon is getting ready to enable a new feature on both you "Alexa and Echo" devices on Tuesday, June 8th.
What will happen... It will create a wireless mesh service, sharing a part of users’ internet bandwidth with their nearby neighbors.
If you would like to disable this creepy new feature, I have listed those steps below.
On Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, the Amazon will enroll these smart devices in the Amazon Sidewalk, its new wireless mesh service, sharing a part of the user’s internet bandwidth with nearby people.
By default, devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will be enrolled in the system.
If you're like me, you typically don't change the default settings in your devices.
If you do not want to share your internet, you'll need to access these default settings on your devices listed above in bold...
If you do not change these internal settings... millions of people probably won't...
That means they will likely be automatically added to the program without knowing anything about it.
The Amazon webpage for Amazon Sidewalk states that it “is currently only available in the US.”
Amazon has published information detailing the technical operations and service terms that it says will protect the privacy and security of users part of the Sidewalk project.
If you want to disable "Amazon Sidewalk" from your devices. Below are the steps needed to disable the Sidewalk features on Amazon devices:
- Open the Alexa app
- Open More and selecting Settings
- Select Account Settings
- Select Amazon Sidewalk
- Turn Amazon Sidewalk Off
Learn more about opting out of this new service here: