Here’s What You Should Know about Ring Cameras’ Security and Privacy Issues

Before you buy a Ring camera, read up on why media outlets and civil rights groups criticize the Ring brand

Mindy Woodall
Nov 30, 2022
bullet2 min read

We may earn money when you click our links.

Amazon-owned Ring is one of the most popular smart home brands out there, and a lot of people use Ring video doorbells, security cameras, home security systems, and smart lights to protect their property.

But Ring cameras specifically have a bad track record of security vulnerabilities and privacy concerns that can potentially cause issues for both Ring device owners and the communities they live in.1,2,3,4

Ring cameras have been involved in previous hacking incidents where outsiders were able to intercept Ring video footage and take control of Ring cameras in people’s homes.2 Ring has released fixes for some of these security flaws, including two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption.5,6 But these fixes sometimes require you, the user, to manually enable them, which can still leave people vulnerable.

Ring also maintains questionable partnerships with hundreds of police departments across the United States.3,4,7 Vice Media’s Motherboard has described these partnerships as “secret agreements,” and say they’ve made it easy for police to request video footage from Ring owners through the Neighbors app.8 Media outlets have also reported that police departments use the Ring’s Neighbors app to conduct surveillance.9

If you choose to use Ring cameras, we recommend that you do not use Ring’s Neighbor’s app. And if you do use the app, then we recommend that you do not respond to public requests for surveillance footage posted by law enforcement.

We also recommend that you enable all available Ring security features, including two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption.

Alternatives to Ring security cameras:

Sources

Mindy Woodall
Written by
Mindy Woodall
Mindy has been writing about technology for seven years. She covers all things smart home for Reviews.org, and keeps track of the latest robot gadgets. Mindy attended the University of Utah and her work has been featured on the likes of Parents.com, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more.

Related Articles

What_Is_10G_Internet
What Is 10G Internet?
The next generation of home internet technology is coming. Here’s everything you need to know...
person on video conference with cat on desk
Xfinity Internet Plans and Pricing Review
Comcast Xfinity plans offer internet speeds with affordable prices. Our review digs into the details...
best satellite internet
Viasat vs. HughesNet Review
Looking for satellite internet? Read on to compare prices, download speeds, and data caps for...
happy woman with short gray hair using laptop next to a bright window
How Much Do Internet and Wi-Fi Cost?
Nobody wants to be surprised with a higher internet bill than they planned for. We'll...