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March 16, 2017

Nest Cams and Thermostats now come with Two-Step Authentication

In early March, smart home accessories company Nest announced that it had added two-step authentication to its iOS and Android mobile apps, to help secure user accounts from intrusion after 2016 raised fears about about the need to do IoT and mobile app security testing. With an extra layer of security, malicious users will be stopped from accessing private information through connected devices, especially Nest Cameras.

To activate two-step authentications, users need to go to Account Security settings in the Nest app and toggle on the “2-step verification”. They will then need to sign in once again and enter their email and password. When two-step verification is enabled, it sends a verification code via text to a device approved by the user, which is then entered into the app by the device owners to access their products.

“We all know data security is a moving target. Technology keeps advancing, but so do the people who want to break into your email, your credit card or any other account they can get their hands on. But your home is your safe haven, where private information should stay private. So today we’re adding a new layer of security with the introduction of two-factor authentication,” said an official statement from Nest.

It furthermore explained what two-factor authentication is. Just like accessing an email or a bank account, the procedure is a simple yet effective one. Even if someone gets to know your password, they can still not access your private information unless they are in possession of your mobile device and can access your account through it.

According to Nest, it is not the first time it has integrated security into its products. After Nest cams, it now intends to extend this security step towards Next thermostats, protect smoke alarms, and other cameras, with the availability of new technology and added IoT and mobile app security testing.

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