Amazon Key In-Home Package Delivery Examined

By: Brian Karas, Published on Nov 21, 2017

Interesting idea or invitation for criminals to rob you?

Amazon's recent announcement of Key, a service that will help manage visitors, welcoming certain ones into your house for you, has drawn significant attention, but not all positive.

This new service from Amazon ties into their recently released security camera (see our test results) and selected smart locks, creating a method to enable delivery and service people to enter your home when you are not there to let them in.

We examine Amazon Key, both in terms of the core service (enabling secure access to your house when you are away), and what it shows of Amazon's overall strategies in the home security segment.

*********** **** ** ********** for ********* ** *** you?

******'* ****** ************ ** Key, * ******* **** will **** ****** ********, welcoming ******* **** **** your ***** *** ***, has ***** *********** *********, but *** *** ********.

**** *** ******* **** Amazon **** **** ************* ******** ******** ****** (see *** **** *******)*** ******** ***** *****, creating * ****** ** enable ******** *** ******* people ** ***** **** home **** *** *** not ***** ** *** them **.

** ******* ****** ***, both ** ***** ** the **** ******* (******** secure ****** ** **** house **** *** *** away), *** **** ** shows ** ******'* ******* strategies ** *** **** security *******.

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Amazon *** ********

******'* **** ***** ********** the ***** ******* ****** of ***:

  • ******** ******** ** ** delivered ****** **** ****
  • ******** ******** **** *** walkers ** ******** ****** access ***** *** *** away
  • ********* ************* *** ***** clips ** ***** *******

***** **** **** ** an****** ***************, ***** ** $**/****.

Requires *********** ****** ***** *** ******** ****** + ***** ********

** ***** ** ******* Key, ***** ************ * ******** ******** * *********** version ********'* ***** ***, **** * ****** controllable ******** *** ~$***. The ****** ** ** indoor-only *****, *** **** be ********* **** *** front **** (**** ** provide ***** ** **********, and ** **** ** can *********** *** ** with *** ************ ********). In *** *****, ******** *** ********* ******, ****** ** *********** useless *** **** ***** than ******** * ***** door ****** ******** *****.

Free ************

****** ** ******** **** installation ** *** ***** Cam *** ******** **** the ********:

** ************ ******* ** offered *** *** ***** Cam, *** ******* ********* are ~$** *** ******'* "Expert ************" ******, ****** the **** ******* ******** valuable ** ****** ******* considering * ***** **** and *** ******* ** do *** ************ **********:

Limited ** ****** ********* *** ********

**-**** ********** *** ******** are ******* ** ***** purchased ******* ******. ********** are **** ** ******'* logistics ***********, ***** *** typically ***** ************** ** regional ******** *********. ****** states **** *** ******* doing *** ********** *** vetted **** ********** ******. For ******* ******, **** as ******** ** *** walkers, *** ******* **** be ****** ******* ******'***** *****************, ***** ***** ***** are ******* ** ******* providers ** ******'* ******** for ********** ******, ****** they *** ******** ****** and **-**** *** ***** deadbolt ******* ** *** to ***** ****** ** outside *********.

Delivery/Service ********* ****** ** *****

******* ********** **** ** placed "**** ****** *** doorway", ********** *** ****** delivery ****** **** ** the ******** ** *** house. *** ***** *** is ****** **** *** door, ******** *** ********* to ***** *** ******** live, ** ****** ** for ***** *******. ******* people ******* *** **** access ** ******** ******, such ** *** ******** services, ***** ***** ******* the ********* **** ****** continuous ******* ** *** service ****** ** ***** home, ****** **** ****** Cloud **** ********** *** entire *********, ***** ** unlikely ** ** ********* for ******* ** **** price *** *******.

Security ********

******** **** *** ***** used ** * *** for *******, ** ****** killers, ** **** ****** to ********* ****** ** ******* social ***** *******. ***** ****** ****** the ****** ******* *** a **** ******* ** Key ** ******* ********** by ******, ********* ** Amazon's ************ ****** **** many ********* ** *** have ***** ** ****** to **** ***** ***** secure.

* **** ** ***, showing *** *** ****** could ** ******** **** outside *** *****, ***** * **** deauth ******, *** ******** shortly ***** ******. ***** the **** ******** ******* points **** **** ** clear ** ** *** a **** ***** ******, it **** *** **** Amazon ******** **** ****-***** customers **** *** **** not **** ********* *** undesirable ******* ** **** access ** ***** ****. Amazon ****** **** **** rollout * ******** ****** to ******** *** ******* of *** **** ****** attack ***** ************ ********* to ****** **** *** Cloud ***/*** *******.

*******, *** *** ** no **** ** * threat **** *** ***** remote-controllable ********, *** ***** offered *** ****** ***** that ** *** *** potential *** * ***** install ****. *** *********** with ****** ***** ** an ********** ****** *** hackers, ** *** ***** would ****** **** **** scale *********, ***** *** already ******** **** ******* repackaging *** ****-***** **** deauth ****** ****** ************ associated **** ***.

"Happiness *********" - $*,*** ********* *****

****** ** ******** * "********* *********" *** *** ***** states:

**********, ** ********* ********* to ******, *** ******** to **** **** *********, as *** ******** ****** should *********** *** **** to ***** *** *********. However, **-**** ******** *** open ** ****** *********** for ******, ** ***** providers **** **** ****** to ******** ****** ******** to ** ******* ** cameras. **** ******** **** only ******* ** ****** granted ******** ** ***, if ***** ****** ** manually ***** ******* ******* into ***** **** **** do *** ******* *** the ********* ********* **********.

Initial ******* - ** ****

*** **** ** ********* in ***** * ***** major ** ************ ***** initially. ****** *** *** announced ***** *** ************ outside ** *** **.

Key ***********

***** *** *** ******* limitations, ********* **** *** alarm *******, **** *** prevent **** ***** **** using ***:

****** **** *** ********* using *** ** ***** have ****-******* **** ** the *****:

******* *** **** *** have ******** ****** ************, users **** ** ****** home ******** ******* ** they *** ********* ********** or ******* ****** ******** the **** ***** ***:

Amazon's ***** **** **** ************ ******

*** ***** *** ***** that ****** ** *** afraid ** ******* ******** with ********* **** **** and ****, *** *** established ******* ** ********-******** surveillance ******* ** ******. While ******'* ***** *** is ** ************ ***** entry, *** ****** ****** to *********** ****** *********, it ** ********** *** the **** ******* ** viewing ***** *****, *** Amazon **** ****** ******* the ****** **** ****. We ***** ********** ****** eventually ******** ** ******* version ** ****.

*** *** *** ***** Cam **** ****** ****** more ******** ****-**, ******** that *** *** ******* becomes *******. ** ******** it ** **** ******* with ******'* ******, ********* are ****** ** ******** additional ***** **** ****** they ****** ** ****** their ************ ********.

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Comments (11)

**** ** * **** idea, ** ******. *** when *** *** **** to *********** *** ********* I ***'* ******* **** working ****. * **** delivery ***** ** * growing *******, *** ******* a **** ******** ** similar *** **** **** that ******* ****** ****** to ** ***** ** delivery ******. **** *** be **** ****** *** background *******, *** *** knows **** **** ** friends **** **** ** know **** **** *** give *********** ** **** you ****, **** ***'** not ****, ***. ****** that **** *** **** that * ***'* **** my *** ******* ****** my ***** **** * delivery ** ****** *** I **** ** ****** my ***** *****, ***** this * ***-******* *** me.

*** ** *** **** sites ** **** ******* in ****** ****, **. When *** **** *********** people *** *** ***** talk ***** *** ****** call ** ***** **** service **** **** ******* this ******* ****** ***** you *** * ******** in ***** *** ***** put **** **** ** so **** ******'* **** access ** *** ******** of **** ****. ******** when **** *********** *********** more ** **** **** interested ** **** **** of *******. ***-**** ** also ******* **** ******* in *** ********* *** it's **** ******** ******* as ****. ** ** good ** ******. **** I ******** ** * kid ** ******* ***** leave *** **** **** unlocked *** * ***** check ** *** ******* for *** ******'* ********. We *** ** **** different ***** ***** **** though.

* ***** ****** **** see ***** **** ** I *** * ******, shed, ** **** ***** area **** *** *** have ****** ** *** rest ** *** ***** sort ** **** *** said. * ***'* **** the **** ** ****** strangers ***** **** ** enter *** ***** ** all. ** **** ***** like **'* *********** *** purpose ** * ******** in *** ***** *****.

**** **** ** ****, a ****** ******* ******** certain **** **** *** timing *******, *** ******* that's **** ****. **** ridiculous ** ****** ***** solution *** ********* **** on **/**. *** **** next ***,****** *** *** **** got * *** *****. Rest ** *******.

** *** ***** ** seriously ** ** ***.

**** ********* **** ****** for ****** * ****. People **** ** **** to ***** **********. ** some ***** * ******** why *** *****..*** **** it *** **: **** could * **** *****?***** tv ? ***** *********? The ***** ** ******** to *** ***** **** most ** *** ****** are *** ******* ** checking ** ******* *** say **** **** ***** country *** * ****.

** ** *********, *** certainly ********* *****: "**** no!"

****** *** **** ************* for ******** ** **** a ********* *** ****** engineering ******.

**'* **** ** *** concept **** *****'* **** a ****** *** ****.

** *********, ** *** aren't ****, ***'** **** with * **** **** tells *** **** *** courier *** **** *** to ** *** **** package **** **** ***** collection **** (* ***** gas ******* ** ******** or *********) ** ** its *** ****, **** pick ** ** **** the **** ******.

* ******* **** *** deliver ** ******** ****** my ****** **** * keypad *** ** ******** door. ***, * **** my *** ****** **** enough ** ***** ***. I **** **** *** level ** ****** ****** uses *** *** ******** in ** **** *** I ***** *** ***** them ** ** ****.

** ***** ******** *** a *** ******** ****** approach *** ***** *** was ****** ******. *** vehicle ****** *** * mid **'* **** ** Cadillac *** ***** ***-********* "runner" ****** *** ****** the *** ******* *** sprinted ** *** **** with *** *******. ***** knocked ** **** *** bell. **** ******* *** box *** ******** ****.

*** ****** ** ***** drive ******* ******** ********, or ** ***** *** a ********** ***** ** the ****. ****, * standard, ******* ****** **** shirt *******'* ** *** much ** *** *** the *********.

*** **** **** * frozen ***** ***** ******* enters *** *****.*****://***.*****.***/*****/******-***-****-***-***********-*******-****-******/

''***** *** ***** *******'', attack **** ****** *** (smartlock *** ******** *****)

******* ******* ** ******* leaving * ****** ****** to ******* ******** ******* and ****** (** ********) after ******* ********* ** gain *****.

***** **** ******* ** the ****** ****** ******** from **************** *************. ****** ** ** easy ***, *** ***** potentially ****** ********* *******.

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