Ring security cams lack one major feature: security
Doesn’t that just make them cameras?
Oh boy, where do we start with this one? A new report from Motherboard has some pretty dire implications for the actual security level of your home once you install a Ring camera into it.
The upshot? Your home actually becomes less safe, as Ring lacks even basic security measures to alert users to possible illegitimate use. Yikes.
Ring security cameras seem to lack security for the user
Motherboard spoke to a range of sources, from security pros to hackers to the victims of recent Ring hacks, and the picture they paint isn’t pretty.
From basic account security methods to placing the onus of stopping hacks on the users, Ring seems to have gone for ease of use instead of hardening their devices and user accounts against attack.
Here’s the list of issues Motherboard found:
- No double-checking if someone logging in from an unknown IP address is actually a legit user
- No way to check how many users are logged in at a time, or where those users are logged in from
- No double-checking of user passwords against known breached credentials
- No SMS verification for unknown IP address use
- No list of previous login attempts (either successful or not)
- No rate limiting on login attempts, allowing anyone to use credential stuffing to break into accounts
- If two-factor authentication is enabled while users are logged in, Ring doesn’t kick them out and require them to re-login
Umm, yikes? That’s a lot of missing security for something that literally takes pictures and video of your home.
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