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Why Did Ring Alarm Arm Itself? (Is It Being Hacked Remotely?)

Last Updated Aug 26, 2022
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Ring Alarms are a great way to secure your house both when you’re at home and when you’re away. You can arm and disarm the alarm yourself from the Ring App. However, if you get a notification that the alarm has randomly armed itself, you might be wondering if it’s been hacked. 

Ring Alarms might arm themselves when there has been a bad firmware update or when there is a problem with the base station. A shared user might also have armed the alarm without you knowing. 

You might be wondering how to check the firmware and base station. We will cover all the details in this article. We will also discuss how to know if shared users are on your profile and how to delete them if you don’t want them arming the alarm. 

Can Ring Alarm Arm Itself When Hacked? 

What if you see your Ring alarm armed when you didn’t arm it. Does this mean Ring can arm itself?

The Ring Alarm does not have the capability to arm itself. It can only be manually controlled in the Ring App or through Amazon Alexa. If you find that your alarm is arming itself, there is most likely a problem somewhere in the firmware. 

Some people also wonder if the alarm has been hacked if they see it arming itself. Ring Alarms can be hacked, but it’s very unlikely. Since the alarm is connected to your WIFI and Bluetooth, hackers are able to gain access to the device, but it’s very difficult. 

Hackers will need to know how to intercept the signal or attack the alarm through malware. If your alarm is arming itself suddenly, first check the base station and firmware before assuming it has been hacked. 

What To Do When Ring Alarm Has Been Hacked 

If you think your Ring Alarm has been hacked, you need to contact Ring right away. 

You should also consider taking some extra precautions to prevent future hacking such as:

  • Make sure your WIFI is password protected
  • Consider using a WIFI guest network 
  • Make sure all your devices have different passwords 
  • Keep the firmware up to date 
  • Consider using a firewall or antivirus software on all devices 
  • Protect your home network with a VPN

All these things make it much harder for someone to be able to hack into the network. 

Checking Your Ring Alarm Firmware 

The firmware on your Ring Alarm will need to be updated periodically. If you delay updating the firmware, it might cause glitches in the system. Sometimes firmware updates can be the cause of the Ring Alarm arming itself if there is a problem within the firmware. 

If there is a known problem with the firmware, Ring will usually notify you through email and ask you to update to a new version. 

You can update by following these steps: 

  1. Find the Menu icon on the app. 
  2. You should see a red circle icon next to the Ring Alarm. 
  3. Click the red circle. 
  4. Tap Devices. 
  5. Tap the Ring Alarm. 
  6. Tap the blue bar. 
  7. Tap the device name and read through the update description. 
  8. Schedule a date for the update to happen (sooner is better). 
  9. The device will automatically update at the time and date you set. 
  10. You should get a notification when the update is complete. 

Now, let’s see about the base station.

Checking Your Base Station 

There have been complaints in the past about the Ring Alarm arming itself when there is a bad firmware update in the Ring Base Station. Ring should correct the problem and then send you a new update for the base station. 

You can check this article from Ring’s website about how to check the firmware on your base station and how to update it. You can also contact Ring Support if you have other issues with your firmware. 

Checking For Shared Users 

You should check if you have shared users for your Ring Alarm in the app. As the owner of the alarm, you have the ability to invite and disinvite shared users. Some people allow their children or roommates to be shared users so that they can control the alarm. 

To check if you have shared users, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the three lines on the top of the Dashboard Screen. 
  2. Choose Devices. 
  3. Tap the device you want. 
  4. Tap Shared Users. 

If you see users listed, it’s possible they armed the alarm. If you do not want them as a shared user, you can always delete them. 

Deleting Shared Users

But, how do you delete shared users?

Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the three lines at the top of the screen to access the Dashboard Screen. 
  2. Tap Shared Users. 
  3. Choose the user you want to delete. 
  4. Tap Delete. 
  5. Tap Save. 

If you do not have any shared users, then this is not the reason why your alarm has been arming itself. 

Final Thoughts 

If your Ring Alarm is arming itself, there is a chance it has been hacked. However, it’s more likely that there is an issue with the firmware or the base station. A shared user on your account might also be arming the alarm.

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