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Save up to $80 on select Ring cameras today at Amazon and Best Buy

Save up to $80 on select Ring cameras today at Amazon and Best Buy

Ring rolled out customizable motion zones for its cameras last week, and now Amazon and Best Buy have rolled out savings on select Ring cameras. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $169.99 ($80 off) and a Stick Up Cam 2-pack is just $159.98 ($40 off), making this a great time to sharpen up your home security.

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Ring rolls out customizable motion zones for its video doorbells and security cameras

Ring rolls out customizable motion zones for its video doorbells and security cameras

Most security cameras and smart doorbells come with a feature that can automatically warn you when it senses motion. While this can be handy, it can also become particularly annoying if your camera is inadvertently triggered by cars or pedestrians passing by. Thankfully, Ring is rolling out a free update to all its battery-powered devices, enabling you to customize the motion sensing zone and avoid unwanted and unnecessary notifications.

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Ring recall reminds owners to install 2nd-gen Video Doorbell correctly

Ring recall reminds owners to install 2nd-gen Video Doorbell correctly

If you own a second-generation Ring Video Doorbell and haven't installed it yet, check to see if you've got the right screws for it: the Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Health Canada are recalling a total of more than 350,000 units. But unlike a lot of recalls, customers won't need to return their bells to the store.

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Here's everything Amazon announced at its big hardware event yesterday

Here's everything Amazon announced at its big hardware event yesterday

At a private online stream yesterday, Amazon unveiled its new lineup of hardware products, and boy, did they really let it rip. There are a ton of new offerings coming up from several of their lines, including Echo, Fire TV, and Ring. There's the new spherical Echo, a Ring-connected car alarm, and even a flying security camera — a real wonderland of tech. If you're interested in Amazon's offerings, or even just want to see what they're up to, there's a treasure trove of information here.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro refurb is just $95 ($65 off) today at Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell Pro refurb is just $95 ($65 off) today at Amazon

For today's Deal of the Day, Amazon is offering refurbished units of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for just $95 apiece. That's $65 off of Amazon's regular refurb price and a whopping $155 off original MSRP. If you've been on the lookout for a smart doorbell, this deal is hard to beat.

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Ring's new Video Doorbell 3 Plus can capture footage up to four seconds before movement is detected

Ring's new Video Doorbell 3 Plus can capture footage up to four seconds before movement is detected

Home security cameras are great for letting homeowners know when someone's at their front door, be it a friendly face, a helpful courier, or even an intruder. However, for most battery-powered camera systems that only start to record video when movement is detected, homeowners often miss out on how a visitor happened upon their doorstep — until now. The new Video Doorbell 3 Plus by Ring is the first battery-operated doorbell camera that can capture up to four seconds of video before any motion is detected.

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Ring will require two-factor authentication starting today (Update: Blink verifying emails)

Ring will require two-factor authentication starting today (Update: Blink verifying emails)

Ring has dealt with its fair share of privacy snafus (and then some), but its latest move might allay some of your fears. The Amazon-owned smart home company has instituted a new login policy, effective immediately. Now, you'll need to enter a two-factor authentication (2FA) code every time you log into your account.

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Ring's new setting to opt out of sharing video with your community or police is rolling out now (Updated)

Ring's new setting to opt out of sharing video with your community or police is rolling out now (Updated)

Ring's smart home security hardware was cheap and popular. Turns out, it was also lacking basic security protections and leaking customer data, including household locations, through its Neighbors social app — which was already contentiously sharing customer videos with law enforcement. In the wake of all these concerns, the company has today announced that it's building a new section for its app specifically for improved privacy and security settings and pushing two-factor authentication (2FA) as a default, opt-out setting on all new accounts.

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Ring fired multiple employees over the last four years for accessing customers' videos

Ring fired multiple employees over the last four years for accessing customers' videos

According to a report by Vice's Motherboard, Ring has fired a handful of its employees over the last four years for "improperly" accessing customer's recorded videos. This news follows a string of negative press for the Amazon-owned company, including a string of hacks, the revelation that some location and video data was being publicly shared through Ring's Neighbors app, and (justified) accusations that Ring lacked in "basic security features" to protect customer privacy and data.

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Two-factor authentication should be mandatory for all of your accounts, and it's time for companies to step up

Two-factor authentication should be mandatory for all of your accounts, and it's time for companies to step up

Today, Vice published a story detailing the abysmal security practices of Amazon's Ring brand of smart home security and surveillance products after a spate of compromised passwords (which have been inaccurately described as "hacked," even by The New York Times, who should know much better) led to terrifying privacy breaches for consumers across the US.

Compromised passwords are an extremely common source of account breaches, whether as part of account dumps on the dark web or through simple social engineering. Passwords are, for all of their virtues, very bad as security measures. In a world full of bad actors looking to compromise your personal privacy for the sake of spying on you or taking advantage of you financially, your password should be one of several lines of defense protecting you.

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