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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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Ring to add new Control Center to its app, claims to offer more privacy and security controls in wake of concerns

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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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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Ring's 14-piece smart security system is down to just $230 and comes with a free Echo Dot ($100 off)

Ring's home security system is one of the most popular on the market, thanks to its features and the expansion possibilities it offers. With this deal, you can get a 14-piece kit and a free Echo Dot for just $230, which is $100 less than the usual price.

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If you use Neighbors, your Ring camera footage and location can be easily found by anyone

Welcome to the great surveillance society: more people are installing Ring cameras as an affordable and easy way to improve the security of not just their household, but, through use of the associated Neighbors app which lets users share their footage with local police, their entire neighborhood. But while the consumer's benefits are seemingly clear, there may be hidden consequences as well: Gizmodo was able to acquire and uncover precise coordinate data from 65,800 Neighbors posts detailing where reporting households were located.

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All the best Cyber Monday deals on phones, chromebooks, headphones, smart home hardware, and more (Update: New deals, Monday evening)

Black Friday has come and gone, but we're not done with pre-holiday deals by a long shot. Cyber Monday is upon us, and the deals refuse to quit. A whole bunch of what we're seeing today is an extension of sales that have been running since last week, but there's plenty of new stuff, too. Here, for your convenience, we've rounded up all the best deals we've spotted.

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Practically steal a Ring Video Doorbell and Echo Dot for $80 ($120 off)

With all those packages rolling in from your Cyber Monday shopping, you're going to want to know exactly when some of them arrive — and keep an eye on ones that arrive while you're not at home. Home security options can get expensive, but today's the perfect time to start shopping for one. Amazon is offering the Ring Video Doorbell for just $80 ($70 off), its lowest price ever — and, on top of that, it's bundled with a free Echo Dot (a $50 value).

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Jingle (Door)Bells: Winter ringtones are now available on Nest Hello (Update: Ringtone previews)

In time for the holiday season, Google today announced that it's flipping on the Nest Hello winter ringtones. Just like during Halloween, you have a number of options to choose from in the Nest app to bring the festive spirit to everyone visiting your home.

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Every Black Friday deal worth checking out at Home Depot

Home Depot may not be known as the biggest tech retailer, but if you're outfitting a smart home it is the place to go  especially now, as their Black Friday sale brings many of the most popular smart home and security products down in price. We've compiled some of the best deals so you don't have to hunt through the catalog yourself. All the following deals will be available starting Thanksgiving morning at 6AM EST, though some others can be had now — availability is noted in both cases.

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Amazon announces gargantuan list of Black Friday deals (Update x2: More items)

With Halloween in the rearview mirror and November speeding like a freight train toward Thanksgiving, the official holiday shopping season will be here before you know it. To help you get a jumpstart on your wishlist, we have a sneak peek at some of the Amazon device deals leading into Black Friday.

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