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Nest finally adds two-factor authentication for improved security

by Josh Levenson | March 7, 2017March 7, 2017 6:00 pm PDT

Alphabet-owned Nest has today announced that it’s finally adding two-factor account authentication to its mobile application. Once activated, the optional feature will require users to enter a verification code sent to them via SMS, as well as their regular password, every time they log in.

In order to take advantage of the functionality, users will need to have the latest version of the Nest client installed on their smartphone or tablet, then all they need to do is open the menu located in the top-left, tap Account Security and press 2-Step Verification. After they’ve confirmed their number, they’ll need to sign into their account again. They should then be good to go.

Why now?

Nest’s decision to implement two-factor authentication comes shortly after a major DDoS attack raised questions about the security measures smart home platforms employ to prevent attackers from using them as an entry point to gain control of homes. While this isn’t the most secure additional security measure, it will at least put an extra barrier between prying eyes and user accounts.


Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...