Google increases the security of Nest accounts – CNET



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Google is tightening security measures for Google Nest accounts, the company said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Two-factor authentication comes on the Nest platform. Starting in the spring, all Nest users who haven't signed up for two-factor authentication or migrated to a Google account will need to verify their identity via email.

This means that when you log in to your account again, you will receive an email from with a six-digit confirmation code. You will then need to enter this code to confirm that you are trying to log in. If you don't provide the code, you won't be able to access your account.

In addition to enforcing two-factor authentication, Google Nest accounts added something called reCaptcha Enterprise. This security process detects automated attacks and defends itself against them. Google email and other accounts already existed. It is now active in every Nest account. You don't have to do anything to activate it.

In December, Google also added email notifications for login attempts. You will receive a notification email every time someone logs into your Nest account. If you do not recognize the login attempt, you can take countermeasures such as B. Change your password.

The Google team states that these updates restrict an unauthorized person's access to a Nest account. This applies in particular to people who have not been migrated and who do not have integrated Google Account protection.

Of course, Google continues to suggest that users complete the migration. It says: "The integration of Nest and Google products will be optimized and you will work together to create a seamless experience Nest Thermostat and a Google homepage, just say, "OK, Google, make it warmer."

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