Product registrations have been around forever. Typically they provide extra benefits to the consumer such as an extended warranty or premium support. If you don’t register, you don’t get these benefits.
Last week I purchased a safe for my house. Having been burglarized before, I wanted a big, freakin’ heavy safe to hold my valuables. I ended up purchasing a SentrySafe model, which weighs a couple hundred pounds. After all, whats the point of having a safe if a burglar can just walk out with it in hand?
After moving the safe into the house I saw the product registration card. Seems innocent enough right?
The cards states that you should register for a number of benefits, including “for insurance purposes in case it’s lost of stolen”. Instead of mailing this card in, I decided to visit their online registration website.
After reading into it the details, I learned that unless I register my safe AND provide an itemized list of everything in my safe, then I am not covered by their insurance policy of $10-50,000.
A list of all my valuables entered into an online database? Seriously? NO THANKS
Consider this very real life scenario based on this process:
- Tens (hundreds?) of thousands of people register their SentrySafe Safes, providing the model, itemized list of valuables and their address (where the safe is likely located).
- All of this data is stored in a database, with unknown levels of security in place.
- Hackers breach the network and servers owned by SentrySafe. This is pretty common, just ask the companies with the 15 worst security breaches in history
- Using the data, hackers/burglars can create a map of everyone who owns a safe, it’s model and list of valuables.
- Burglars can target the models that are known to be easily opened, or target the largest models knowing they likely contain more valuables.
Pretty scary to think about. Think twice before registering your products.