Smart doorbell maker Ring announced today that it will now require two-factor authentication on all accounts, improving security. The company is also taking a couple of other measures to protect its users’ privacy.
Ring has had two-factor authentication for a while, but it’s now making it mandatory for everyone.
The company says making two-factor authentication mandatory will prevent unauthorized users from getting access to your Ring account. That is, obviously, very important considering the fact that your Ring account can have a lot of sensitive video recordings, etc.
The two-factor authentication system on Ring works just like before, where the service will send a six-digit one time code to your email or SMS that you will have to enter during login to be able to successfully let into your account. The new policy applies to Shared Users on your account, too, and they will now be required to go through the same two-factor authentication process as well.
Ring says the company has also temporarily paused use of “most” third-party analytics services as the company is working on giving users the option to opt-in into these analytics services. “In early Spring, we will provide you with additional options to limit sharing information with third-party service providers,” the company said. It’s introducing a new option for users to opt-out of personalized ads on the platform as well.