Amazon Key In-Home Package Delivery Examined

Author: 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.

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