Ring's end-to-end encryption is going global

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What you need to know

  • Ring is rolling out end-to-end encryption for its video doorbells worldwide.
  • Users can now opt-in to E2E encryption with compatible devices.

Ring, maker of some of the best video doorbells for your smart home, has today announced that it is rolling out end-to-end encryption to eligible devices worldwide, after previewing the tech in the U.S. over the last few months.

In a press release today the company stated:

Earlier this year, we announced a technical preview of video End-to-End Encryption in the U.S. Today, we're proud to announce that we're moving it out of technical preview and expanding the feature's availability to customers around the world*.We believe that our customers should control who sees their videos. 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 eligible 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. This advanced security option is simple to set up via the Ring app, and offers additional peace of mind and protection.

As Ring notes videos are mostly encrypted whilst they're uploaded and stored, the extra layer of security means they can only be viewed on a chosen mobile device. The company is also rolling out support for authenticator apps as a second method of verification when logging in, as well as rolling out CAPTCHA to the Ring app. Finally, the company is adding a new automated self-service process for transferring ownership of Ring devices that doesn't involve calling customer support. Now, scanning a barcode on the device will alert the previous owner to ensure a smooth handover and to make sure that none of the previous owner's videos are shared with the new owner.

The following Ring video doorbells and cameras support E2E:

  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
  • Ring Video Doorbell Elite
  • Ring Video Doorbell Wired
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Wired
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Mount
  • Stick Up Cam Elite (2nd Gen)
  • Stick Up Cam Wired (2nd Gen)
  • Indoor Cam
  • Ring Floodlight Cam (1st Gen)
  • Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro
  • Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus
  • Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In (3rd Gen)
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