Ring makes two-factor registration mandatory for its video doorbells, surveillance cameras – CNET

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With Ring, users can also disable sharing of some data with third parties.

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According to Ring on Tuesday, all customers now have to use a second level of verification when logging into accounts, which is also known as two-factor authentication. The move takes place after a series of incidents in the past year in which Hackers took over ring cameras in households across the country, and since the company, owned by Amazon, has been subjected to close scrutiny Safety measures,

With the update, customers will receive a unique code via email or SMS, which must be entered in addition to a user name and password when they log in to a ring account. This applies to all shared users in an account, Ring said. The change will be available to customers starting Tuesday.

Amazon bought Ring in 2018 for a reported billion dollars. The manufacturer of intelligent doorbells and security cameras has helped to expand the retail giant's smart home push, as well drew criticism by cyber security experts and advocates of data protection. By Partnership with US law enforcement agencies To offer free or discounted video doorbells, the company helped build a surveillance network that covers the community with cameras.

Ring said Tuesday it does too Changes in the way third parties access ring users' dataThis includes "temporarily stopping the use of most third-party analytics services in the ring apps and on the website" and disabling the sharing of information with third-party providers that display personalized ads.


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