Why can anyone go up to a mailbox and just take the mail out of it? Some mailboxes, like at townhouses and apartments, have locks, but the mailboxes at single family homes that I have seen do not. Isn’t the information unsecure? Why hasn't this changed?

closed as off-topic by Anti-weakpasswords, forest, Steffen Ullrich, Rory Alsop Feb 12 '18 at 9:10

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  • "This question does not appear to be about Information security within the scope defined in the help center." – Anti-weakpasswords, forest, Steffen Ullrich, Rory Alsop
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  • I think you answered your own question? – multithr3at3d Feb 12 '18 at 3:39
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    To the people voting to close as off topic: Isn't physical security part of the site scope? – Anders Feb 12 '18 at 8:34
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    @Anders yes, physical security of information can be on topic. This question is .... not. "Is an unsecured container of information unsecure?" – schroeder Feb 12 '18 at 14:58
  • @schroeder thank you for the comment. I modified the post to ask why mailboxes are unsecure instead of asking whether mailboxes are secure. – Brandon Feb 12 '18 at 15:43
  • Put a lock on the mailbox. I'm still not sure where you are going with all this. Who is supposed to "change" this? People went for decades (centuries) without locks on their house doors, either. – schroeder Feb 12 '18 at 16:05

It's not secure. Anyone can just walk up the the mailbox and steal your mail. Depending on where you live, this could be very helpful for stealing your identity. And if nothing else, it is great for anyone who wants to spy on you.

So why do mailboxes look like this? Because it's practical. No need for you to fiddle with a key when you're in your dressing gown getting your mail in the morning. You could argue that the risk outweight the benefit, and I might even agree, but the point is that it's a trade off.

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