For some time, Ring products have had the ability to enable end-to-end video encryption to prevent prying eyes from viewing your streams.
Last year, the Amazon subsidiary dedicated to home automation, Ring, introduced end-to-end video encryption to its doorbells and other security cameras, in a move to give users more control over the video collected by those devices. A feature that extends the two-factor authentication requirement and the introduction of the Control Center in the Ring app to easily manage privacy and security settings. Ring has therefore also integrated end-to-end encryption for the videos collected by its doorbells and cameras.
Privacy advocates had raised concerns about Ring’s local partnership with local authorities through its Neighborhood program, which allows customers with doorbells and security cameras to share their video feeds with police. Ring user data was also exposed in December 2019 and July 2022, with the company saying it shared videos with police in 11 cases without users’ express consent.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set up end-to-end video encryption. A few simple steps to follow, rest assured.
- Open the Ring app and click Settings in the top left corner.
- Go to Control Center, Settings.
- Scroll through the Control Center settings until you find the Video Encryption entry.
- Then tap on the Advanced settings option.
- Finally, tap on End-to-end encryption in the Advanced settings menu and on Enable end-to-end encryption.
As you can see, activating this feature is very simple, although unfortunately it is somewhat hidden under many settings. It takes a few taps in the settings to find it, but you can just turn it on.
Please note that enabling this end-to-end video encryption disables certain Ring features, including shared access and the ability to view live feeds from your doorbell and/or security cameras on an Alexa smart display.
You can find all the details about Ring’s end-to-end video encryption on Ring’s dedicated help page.