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Some of your Amazon Ring cameras now have end-to-end encryption – Review Geek



An iPhone with the Ring app, with end-to-end encryption options.
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What a difference a year can make. At the beginning of last year, Ring̵

7;s reputation was hit hard for dealing with security and privacy concerns. Since then, the company has taken steps to address those issues by adding a new privacy dashboard and mandatory two-factor authentication. But if you have compatible cameras, Ring now offers end-to-end encryption (E2E), meaning only you can see your videos.

Ring already encrypts your videos on its servers (at rest), but Amazon has the keys and can watch your videos, or hand them over to the police to watch. The company claims it only watches customer videos for service purposes (such as troubleshooting), but that has been questioned in the past. When E2E is enabled, the videos are encrypted before they reach Amazon’s servers.

The key to that encryption resides on your mobile device and is not in the hands of Amazon. That means it cannot unlock the videos and view the content even if it wanted to. Unfortunately, the new feature is currently a “technical preview” and is being rolled out to users. So you may not see it yet. And you need one of Ring’s compatible cameras.

Amazon says the following cameras are compatible: Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell Elite, Ring Floodlight Cam, Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, Stick Up Cam Plug In, Stick Up Cam Elite, and Indoor Cam. That omits all of Ring’s battery-powered cameras, such as the Ring Peephole camera and the first- and second-generation Ring doorbells.

When the feature reaches your account, open the Ring app (for iOS and Android) and go to the Control Center. Then tap Video encoding, tap Advanced settings and tap End-to-end video encoding. Hopefully Amazon’s Ring will bring E2E devices and users soon.

Source: Ring




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