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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.