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Amazon Will Share Your Internet With Your Neighbors Unless You Opt Out

Amazon's new venture called Sidewalk will allow your neighbors to use your Wi-Fi unless you move now to opt out.

Devices that will be included in the new network sharing program are Alexa devices, Echoes, Ring devices and more.

It's a little hard to explain if you're not on the technical side. Sidewalk is a way to create a mesh of interconnected devices to help improve the service of these devices beyond just being able to connect to the Wi-Fi in your house.

Amazon says, “For example, if your Echo device loses its Wi-Fi connection, Sidewalk can simplify reconnecting to your router. For select Ring devices, you can continue to receive motion alerts from your Ring Security Cams, and customer support can still troubleshoot problems even if your devices lose their Wi-Fi connection.”

Some people may find this really helpful. But you might just not want to be crisscrossing your Wi-Fi with the creepy guy across the street. If so, you'll need to opt out of the program. If you don't, it will soon start sharing your wi-fi.

Here's how to opt out according to SSSSSSS

  • Head to the Alexa app on your device.
  • Open More and hit Settings
  • Select Account Settings
  • Select Amazon Sidewalk
  • Turn Amazon Sidekick Off

Easy, isn't it? Ummm...

The system goes live June 8th.

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