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Ring Finally Rolls Out Mandatory Two-Factor Authentication After Privacy Scandals

Following scandals involving hijacked camera feeds the company blamed on its users and leaky data, Amazon-owned Ring is making two-factor authentication mandatory on its devices. As of this week, users will have to input a one-time, six-digit code via email or SMS any time they log in to their camera feeds. The company is also introducing new controls for what information is shared with third-parties. Read More >>

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Ring App Shares Personal Data With Facebook, Other Unlisted Trackers, EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced last week that its research into the Ring app’s Android version identified several embedded third-party trackers sucking up “a plethora” of personal information. Read More >>

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Ring Drops a Major App Update, Placing Privacy and Security Settings Front and Centre

Ring has begun pushing out an update to its phone app with the aim of consolidating its privacy and security settings, a likely response to consumer concerns about “hackers” who’ve hijacked in-home camera feeds in recent months. Read More >>

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Ring Confirms the Use of Third Party Trackers in its Mobile App

Ring has a strong reputation as a solid choice for home security, built largely around the Amazon-owned company's signature video doorbell. However, in recent times it's received just as much attention for the potential privacy issues surrounding the use of its products as it has for its engineering prowess. Read More >>

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Ring Got Reporters to Omit Its Ukraine Staff Is Working on ‘Many Other Amazon Projects’

Amazon’s home security company, Ring, pressed the chief editor at a Ukrainian business publication last year to delete a passage in an article touting the successes of Ring’s Kyiv-based research lab, the Intercept reported Friday. The article reportedly included a quote attributed to the general manager of Ring Ukraine stating the lab was not only working on Ring products, but on “many other Amazon projects” as well. Read More >>

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CES 2020: Looks Like an Alexa-Powered Ring Chime Pro 2 is on the Way

It seems Amazon's push to have Alexa in all areas of our lives continues: details of a new Ring Chime Pro have surfaced ahead of CES next week, and it appears to contain full Alexa support. Read More >>

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Is It Too Late to Stop Amazon?

The brain-splitting moment happened a few weeks ago. A video (watermarked with the logo of a camera from Ring, an Amazon company) showing a man delivering an Amazon package, finding a box of snacks on a porch, then dancing went viral. My mind failed to find joy in the moment. Read More >>

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Ring and Amazon Sued for Security Camera Hacks They Blamed on Customers

Ring and its parent company, Amazon, are facing a class-action lawsuit over allegations of negligence, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment for the allegedly lax security standards that have left thousands of cameras vulnerable to hacking. This comes on the heels of several high-profile reports about security vulnerabilities, including by Vice and Gizmodo . Read More >>

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Ring’s Security Woes Cause Some Tech Review Sites to Rethink Glowing Endorsements

At least two tech review sites are discussing whether to rescind their positive recommendations of Ring’s home surveillance cameras, a leading digital-rights organisation announced this week. Read More >>

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Ring Has a Lot of Password Leaks That Are Entirely Your Fault

One of Ring’s stated goals is to “reduce crime in neighbourhoods by connecting people.” What customers didn’t expect is that those people would be criminals who’d be spying on them in their homes, occasionally yelling racist or threatening things at their children. Read More >>

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‘I Slept With My Gun’: What It’s Like to Get Your Ring Camera Hacked

He was on his way home from the shops when he got the call. After a weekend out of town, John’s kids were finally asleep in his home, in the US city of Houston, Texas. His wife, too, had been getting ready for bed – until she heard a stranger’s voice echoing down the hallway. Read More >>

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Stranger Breaks Into Ring Camera, Terrorises 8-Year-Old In Latest Creepy Ring Hack

A hacker broke into one Mississippi family’s Ring security camera and used its speaker function to scare their 8-year-old daughter, local CNN affiliate WMC reported this week. This incident marks the latest in a recent series of reported Ring hacks wherein strangers terrorise users through their devices, and demonstrates reason number 1,467 why you might want to forego a Ring camera. Read More >>

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Ring User Blocks £300K Bitcoin Extortion Attempt by Taking Out the Batteries

Tania Amador of Grand Prairie, Texas, awoke on Monday to an alarm and a sinister voice speaking to her through her Ring device. Read More >>

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Ring’s Hidden Data Let Us Map Amazon’s Sprawling Home Surveillance Network

As reporters raced this summer to bring new details of Ring’s law enforcement contracts to light, the home security company, acquired last year by Amazon for a whopping $1 billion (£759 million), strove to underscore the privacy it had pledged to provide users. Read More >>