Ring beefs up security for its video devices and apps

ring announced today It will begin expanding and adding security measures to its video devices and apps, including end-to-end video encryption, support for authenticator apps, and captcha protection for Ring and Neighbors apps.

These measures are the latest by the Amazon-owned home security company to improve its security after widely publicized Exposure of Ring User Data in 2019. Last year, the company introduced a security dashboard Along with the Ring App Mandatory two-factor authentication. In early 2021, it began rolling out its “Technical Preview” End-to-end video encryption feature, which was only available on select Ring devices.

Starting today, many of Ring’s major video devices will become compatible with end-to-end video encryption, which prevents third parties from accessing or manipulating video in transit between devices, including Ring’s cloud service. between the video doorbell and the phone). Compatible Ring devices include: Video Doorbell Pro, Pro 2, elite, wired, spotlight cam wiredSpotlight Cam Mount, 2nd-Gen stick up cam Elite, third-gen stick up cam plug-in, indoor cam, floodlight cam, Floodlight Cam Wired Pro and Wired Plus.

Excluded from this list are battery-powered devices, as well as a few others, such as the recently released Ring Video Doorbell 4.

In addition to expanding end-to-end encryption, Ring and the Neighbors app will start using CAPTCHA to prevent automated login attempts from “bad actors.” Both apps will also begin working with authenticator apps, such as Google Authenticator, Twilio Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator and LastPass Authenticator, allowing for greater flexibility in setting up the multi-factor authentication that is now required.

While these measures continue to establish Ring as the industry leader in video device security, the company facing criticism For its role in turning public places into surveillance locations – and for its morally poor relationship with police departments that may request video of public places from Ring customers through the Neighbors app.

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