You have seen the scary news stories where hackers get access to a home security camera.
You feel violated just watching these stories.
We want to make sure our cameras are never accessed by a stranger. Ring two factor authentication is a simple and effective way to prevent unauthorized access to your cameras.
What is Ring Two Factor Authentication
When you enable two factor authentication, Ring will send a text or email with a verification code that has to be entered along with your password. This provides an extra layer of security if your Ring password is compromised.
How to Enable Ring Two Factor Authentication
Two factor authentication is enabled using the Ring app on your phone. Just follow the simple steps below and you can be protected in about 60 seconds.
Step 1: Open Ring Control Center
Tap the hamburger menu in the upper left corner of the Ring app. Then select “Control Center” to access the Ring security features.
Step 2: Select Two Step Verification
In the Ring Control Center, select “Two Step Verification” to enable or edit the how you will receive a verification code from Ring.
Step 3: Choose Text or Email Verification
Choose Text Message or Email delivery of the verification code. I recommend text delivery at this time. Hopefully, Ring will enable app based notifications in the future.
Step 4: Turn on Ring Two Factor Authentication
Select “Turn on Two Factor” by pressing the button on the bottom of the app screen. Then confirm your account with your password.
Step 5: Choose Phone Number and Enter Code
Enter the phone number that will be used to text you the verification code. This number will be tied to your Ring account name. You will immediately receive a text message with a verification code to enter.
You only have 60 seconds to enter the Ring verification code before it expires.
Step 6: Success! You enabled Two-Factor Authentication
If you entered the code correctly, you will see a success screen confirming two factor authentication was enabled.
Now, you will receive a text with verification code on your phone anytime your Ring password is requested.
FAQ: Ring Two Factor Authentication
Here are some common questions related to Ring two factor authentication. You can see additional two step verification questions and answers on Ring’s website.
How does two factor authentication work with multiple users?
Each user on the Ring account will setup two factor authentication. This will allow each person to enter their own phone number for text message verification codes.
Do you have to enter a verification code to use live view?
No. Once you install and setup the app on your phone, you will not be asked for the verification code again unless you log out. You won’t have a delay in viewing live view.
How do you change the Ring two factor phone number?
You can turn off text message two factor verification and then enable it again to change the phone number used.
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