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Amazon Key: Package Security vs. Home Security

Amazon announced a new service for its $99/year Prime members yesterday. It’s called Amazon Key, and opinions about it are all over the board. The service allows your postal worker to “get your Amazon packages securely delivered just inside your front door.” That’s right, with this service, Amazon has the keys to your house. Starting at $250 for the cheapest package, you get a Home Kit, which includes a wireless camera and a compatible smart lock that uses a keypad for the postal worker to gain entry.

The postman won’t be ringing anymore. (Source: CNN)

This is being sold as a way to keep your packages and your home more secure. Millions of people reported stolen packages just last year, and placing the packages inside the home would most certainly take that number down, but you’re also trusting a stranger in your empty house.

Now, Amazon is marketing this as a way to control who goes into your home as well, like an alternative to leaving a key under the mat. This feels like a huge draw, even more so than the package protection, but there are also services (like Ring and Nest Cam) that offer this at lower costs and without the creepy mailman peeking in.

Let anyone in at any time. (Source: Amazon)

What do you think? Is Amazon Key the next step in home security, or has the tech giant gone too far this time? Does the convenience of unlocking your door for friends and family balance the uncomfortable feeling of a complete stranger stepping in your house while you’re not there? If you’re brave enough to check it out, head to the purchase page, type in your zip code, and schedule your installation. 



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