Amazon announced that the two-factor authentication security feature will be made mandatory for all Ring users. This is view of the several recent reports of hackers getting access to user’s internet-connected Ring doorbell and security cameras.
Enabling the two-factor authentication in Ring devices was optional so far. But the users usually do not bother to enable the feature which would have prevented most of the Ring hacks.
But from now onwards, during login after entering the account’s username and password, every user must have to input a secret six-digit authentication code sent to them via their phone or email.
Two-factor authentication is an effective mechanism to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to your account even when they have your username and password.
Ring posted in the blog that even Shared Users have this feature enabled on their account. The user can opt to receive the one-time passcode via the email address mentioned on their Ring account or on their phone as an SMS.
Ring’s announcement came just a week after Google announced that it will require two-factor authentication for all Nest accounts that aren’t connected to a Google account.
Ring also has recently added a login notification feature for their accounts in order to alert users anytime when someone successfully logs into their account from a new device or browser.
It is necessary that the users must make use of a password which is hard to guess and is unique to your Ring account.
Besides all these security enhancements, they have also stopped the use of most third-party analytics services and offers a new opt-out option aiming to let users stop Ring from sharing their data with third parties.
In order to opt-out of third-party data sharing, go to the Menu of Ring app > click ‘Control Center’ > open ‘Privacy information and control’ > then ‘Third-party service providers’ > then ‘Personalized advertising,’ and then toggle the switch to disable.
The company states that the changes have started rolling out and all Ring users will have access to them in the coming week.