Ring announced today two extra security measures meant to help you fend off unauthorized access to your account and beef up privacy. The company says it is making two-factor authentication (2FA) mandatory for all user logins and is introducing more tools to limit the information you share with third-party service providers.
2FA has long been available for all Ring accounts. Starting today, however, you will need to verify your login attempt each time you sign in using a new device. The verification comes in the form of a six-digit code you'll need to enter before your access gets approved. That code will be sent to your registered email address or phone number. The goal is to prevent unauthorized access and know when someone else is trying to take hold of your account. This also applies to all shared users on your account.
Ring is also bolstering user privacy with new options in the new Control Center meant to restrict the things shared with third-party service providers. Starting this week, Ring users can choose not to share information with third-party advertisers. For those who will opt out, that means they will no longer receive personalized ads, although non-personalized ads will still be visible every now and then.
Additionally, the Amazon-owned service has paused the use of most third-party analytics services in the Ring apps and website as it works to let you opt out of those services in the Control Center. More options for limiting the information you share with third-party service providers are coming in early spring.