Security and connected objects: Ring adopts end-to-end encryption

Ring, one of the subsidiaries of the American giant Amazon, which is in the production of connected objects wants to strengthen the security of these devices to the delight of its customers.

To do this, the company plans to deploy end-to-end encryption. An option that unfortunately will not be activated by default.

One could only take it that on the side of Amazon's subsidiary, the issue of computer security is not taken lightly. Owned by the large Amazon Group since 2018, the company ranks as one of the leaders in connected objects. In a recent post that appeared on the company's blog, Ring officially announced the end-to-end encryption department. Encryption that will be dedicated to video, so as to protect as much as possible the streams.

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As you are written, the rollout is underway. However, there are unfortunately two points to raise:

– For now it will only be a preview of the encryption technique, the final version that will come much later.

– The end-to-end encryption option will not be enabled by default. Users will have to do it themselves.

On the other hand, it should be made important. Even before the end-to-end encryption is deployed, the company already offers a protective measure to encrypt communication. "By default, Ring already encrypts videos when they are sent to the cloud (in transit) and stored on Ring's (resting) servers," the Amazon subsidiary said. With end-to-end encryption, there will be additional protection when the videos are stored on the device that will be provided for this purpose.

As a reminder, end-to-end encryption is a method used by enough digital platforms to ensure that exchanges are confidential and therefore very well protected. The idea is to prevent information transmitted from point A to point B from being accessed or searchable if it were to be intercepted during transmission. This type of encryption is used for written exchanges such as text messages, photos or videos.

There is no denying that this decision by Amazon's subsidiary to be able to adopt this mode of and an initiative that has been caused by several controversies. Already during February 2020, the company had finally opted for the use of dual-factor authentication, which increases access to data provided by the cameras. It's a combination of password and temporary code. Which was sent by SMS to the owner of the camera.

"These changes are the result of a major controversy early last year when it emerged that a pirated Ring camera was used to talk to a child. Initially, Amazon blamed the parents, suggesting that they had had poor computer security hygiene, before admitting that it needed to review its copy. End-to-end encryption will prevent other employees from trying to access customer videos. " says one expert.

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