Just ring added end-to-end encryptionn (E2EE) to a selected number of its smart cameras protecting videos recorded from your Ring devices with an extra layer of security. That still doesn̵
Ring videos are encrypted as they are uploaded to Ring’s cloud servers, but this new feature provides them with an additional AES 128-bit encryption layer that can only be decrypted and viewed on a mobile device registered in the Ring’s E2EE program. (You can read more about E2EE’s Ring policy recently published white paper on the feature.)
E2EE may prevent outsiders from intercepting and watching videos while they are being recorded or sent to your devices; even Ring will not be able to decipher them. However, Ring’s E2EE also disables several end-user features, including motion checking and the ability to watch live broadcasts from Ring Ring on an Amazon Echo Show or Fire TV. Your recorded videos will be more secure, but you’ll lose real-time viewing capabilities and cloud-based monitoring features as important as adding the extra E2EE encryption layer.
If you are cool with trade-offs, including the new Ring E2EE is easy – as long as you have the right hardware. E2EE is only available on a few devices at startup:
- Video Doorbell Pro
- Video doorbell Elite
- Floodlight Cam
- Internal camera
- Cam Wired searchlight
- Cam Mount floodlight
- Attach the Cam Plug In
- Stick Up Cam Elite
Additional support may be added in the future, but for now you will need one of these devices to use E2EE. You will also need the latest version of the Ring app every Android or iOS device you want to sign up. If you meet these requirements, you can include E2EE in the Ring application:
- Open the Ring app.
- Go to Control Center> Video Encryption> Advanced Settings.
- Choose “Video En-to-End Encryption.”
- Touch the slider to turn on the function, then tap “First steps.”
- Follow the instructions in the app to register your account, mobile devices and end-to-end encryption ringtones.
- You can deactivate E2EE at any time by turning it off Video Encyrption Encyrption slider.
During the setup you will be asked to generate a password – don’t lose it! It cannot be recovered and all encrypted videos you have will be lost. You will need to start over with another mobile device to use E2EE again.