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Amazon Tells Shoppers That PayPal’s Honey Is a Security Risk

  • Amazon hasn’t issued warnings about similar discounting tools
  • Honey says service has never been a security risk and is safe
Operations At An Amazon.com Inc. Fulfillment Center During the ICON Conference
Photographer: Bess Adler/Bloomberg
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PayPal Holdings Inc. made a big bet in November with its $4 billion acquisition of Honey, a web browser extension that helps online shoppers find the lowest prices. Now Amazon.com Inc. is warning customers not to use the tool.

Shortly before Christmas, Amazon said Honey posed a security risk, which was reported Thursday by Wired. The warning perplexed some online shopping experts since the tool has been available for several years and Amazon makes no similar warnings about other browser extensions such as price tracker camelcamelcamel.com.