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Amazon rolls out Ring end-to-end encryption globally

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Amazon-owned Ring has started rolling out video End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) to all its customers with compatible devices worldwide.

Ring announced the release of E2EE in technical preview for US customers on January 13, 2021. But now they are expanding the feature’s availability to customers around the world.

By default, Ring already encrypts customer videos when they are uploaded to the cloud (in transit) and stored on Ring’s servers (at rest).

Now, customers around the world, with compatible Ring devices, can opt into video End-to-End Encryption, to add an extra layer of security that only allows their videos to be viewed on their chosen mobile device.

After setting up E2EE via the Ring app, only the users’ enrolled mobile devices have the key needed to unlock the customers’ videos thereby preventing unauthorized access and ensuring that no one else—not even Ring or Amazon—can view them.

The list of Ring cameras and video doorbells that supports Video E2EE (battery-powered doorbells and cameras are not compatible with E2EE.) are provided by the company.

In order to set up Ring video E2EE, the requirements are

  • iPhone iOS 12+ or Android 8+ (Oreo).
  • Ring app versions 5.34.0 and higher and Android 3.34.0 and higher.
  • The latest version of the Ring app.

Step-by-step instructions needed to set up or turn off video E2EE on eligible Ring devices are also provided by the company.

Ring stated that the users can enable this encryption feature at any time and control who can view their videos while still being able to use core functionality, such as video streaming.

Even if a user disables E2EE, the videos that were encrypted while it was enabled will stay encrypted.

Ring also added support for using authenticator apps to sign accounts where two-factor authentication (2FA) is enabled and began rolling out CAPTCHA in the Ring app to block threat actors’ automated login attempts.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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