Home security brand Ring is expanding support for end-to-end encryption (aka E2EE) to more devices, as well as introducing a new data transfer feature. It’s a welcome security update, but it also forces you to disable some useful Ring features.
Previously, E2EE was only available for wired products like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Floodlight Cam. Now this support is migrating for Wireless Cameras and Ring Doorbells. However, it is unknown if everything on the schedule will make it. Nowhere in the ad does it say whether or not all wireless devices will support E2EE; despite having reports (opens in new tab) stating that support is indeed universal. We contacted the company to see if they could clear up this confusion. This story will be updated if we receive a response.
Update 9-9-2022: A Ring representative confirmed that all wireless cameras and doorbells will have end-to-end encryption. When asked about other products like Ring’s security alarms, they couldn’t comment.
As for the new data transfer tool, it is called Deactivated Device State. It allows users to save previous recordings of an old Ring device to their account. That way, you don’t have to manually download all the videos one by one. Users must remain a Ring subscriber to use this tool, however. Otherwise, they will have to download everything to their local computer before the company deletes the videos.
Instructions on how to save recordings and disable devices can be found on Ring’s website (opens in new tab). This will involve updating the Ring mobile app and going into a device’s personal settings to maintain events.
Anyway, if you have a Ring camera or wireless doorbell, we recommend updating the mobile app to see if E2EE is available. The company has a instruction set (opens in new tab) on their website that detail how to configure end-to-end encryption. Similar to Device State Disabled, you will have to update the app and enter the Control Center. From there, activate E2EE, create a password and add the devices you want.
E2EE is worth enabling because it obviously improves the security of the ring device. Videos recorded on Ring cameras are uploaded to the company’s cloud storage which, as it turns out, is not the most secure. The company has a history of security issues since 1,500 passwords leaked to the dark web to possibly giving hackers a way to steal Wi-Fi of the houses.
With end-to-end encryption, your recordings are protected and unreadable. No one – not Ring, Amazon, hackers or even the government – can see your encrypted videos. All they’ll get is a mess of data. Only the Ring user and their connected device can view the recorded videos.
That said, there is a problem with having this level of security. End-to-end encryption on Ring devices disables many features, including Bird’s Eye View, Virtual Security Guard, Event Timeline, and Alexa Greetings, just to name a few. O full list of disabled features (opens in new tab) can be found on the company’s website. Users will essentially have to ask themselves whether the best security is worth the loss of convenience.
Given Ring’s track record, it might be best to opt for security.
Room for improvement
The expanded E2EE support and new data transfer feature are great and all, but Ring still has room for improvement. The cybersecurity research firm Checkmarx recently discovered a vulnerability in the Ring Android app that could allow “threat actors to steal identity data, including geolocation and camera recordings”. Furthermore, it could be possible for someone to load malware onto an Android phone through this vulnerability and steal even more sensitive data, including addresses.
And the scariest thing is that the Ring app for Android has over 10 million downloads. Now that end-to-end encryption is available for most of RIng’s offerings, it may be time for the company to patch the holes in its own security and stop the constant leaks.
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