Ring Offers End-To-End Encryption Feature

But you'll have to opt-in

Amazon’s security camera brand, Ring, is adding end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all consumers worldwide. 

The new feature is opt-in, so Ring device owners can choose to add it or not. Ring said the feature adds additional layers of protection to video and audio recordings. 

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While Ring already encrypts your videos by default whenever you upload them to the Ring cloud, Ring noted that the new feature adds an additional layer of protection. 

“E2EE provides an additional, advanced encryption option to give customers even more control over who can view their videos,” Ring said on its support page

“With video E2EE, only your enrolled mobile device has the special key needed to unlock these videos, designed so no one else can view your videos—not even Ring or Amazon.”

However, it’s important to note that battery-powered Ring devices don’t support end-to-end encryption capabilities. Ring provides a complete list of compatible devices on its support page, including popular devices like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, the Ring Spotlight Cam Mount, and the Ring Floodlight Cam. 

"No one else can view your videos—not even Ring or Amazon."

The end-to-end video encryption also only works with Ring app versions 5.34.0 and higher and Android 3.34.0 and higher, so if you want to benefit from extra security, you might want to update your app or OS first.

Ring also has a two-factor authentication system that is a mandatory part of the setup process for all new accounts and is a requirement for existing users. It’s probably also a good idea to frequently change your Ring password since the company has a rocky history of privacy incidents of devices getting hacked and data being leaked

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