Ring camera hacking cases lead to security concerns

Ring owners told KEZI 9 News that it's ironic a system that is supposed to make you feel secure can do the opposite.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 6:27 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2019 6:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With recent cases of people hacking into Ring security systems, experts are sharing tips for how you can protect your privacy.

Ring owners told KEZI 9 News that it's ironic a system that is supposed to make you feel secure can do the opposite.

What makes Ring unique is that it's affordable and is easy to use.

Ryan Anderson, owner of Security Monster in Eugene, said Ring's design makes it vulnerable to hackers.

"We're talking about a connected device. Anytime you connect the device to the internet, (there's) potential for someone else to have access," Anderson said.

To protect your privacy, he recommended putting something over the camera if there is a need for a private moment. Also, do not place cameras in bedrooms.

"This is consumer-level equipment. Our analogy is, if you want to keep an eye on the dog in the backyard or something of that nature, that's great, that's a $100 camera," Anderson said. "If you're trying to protect your phone, your business or your family, your assets, that's when you're going to look towards a professional system."

The best system he said is an internal one that is not connected to the internet.

Jeff Blonde from the Eugene Police Department said the best way to secure a camera security system is with passwords.

"You want to make sure you have when at all possible like a two-factor authentication so you have two levels of password," Blonde said.

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