Compliance Management, Privacy, Vulnerability Management

Ring mandating 2FA logins, ceases some third-party activity

Camera doorbell maker Ring is pushing through a new level of security by now making mandatory for all users to implement two-factor authentication when setting up their device.

Two-factor authentication previously had been available as an option, but the company said going forward all users must go through this step when accessing their Ring account. The extra verification will be handled through an SMS text or email that will provide a one-time passcode.

The new process was rolled out on February 18, Ring stated.

As an added security measure Ring has also temporarily ceased collaborating with most of its third-party analytics providers for the Ring app and website. These could be put back in place after the company works out a method for users to opt out of these programs. One opt out plan is also now in place allowing users to stop Ring from sharing their information with third-party service providers for the purpose of receiving personalized ads.

In December the company also instituted warning customers when someone had logged in to their account from a new device.

These change come two months after the company’s products became the entry-point in several high-profile hacks that allowed internal cameras to be taken over and used by malicious actors to threaten and scare children.

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