Google announced today that it will require two-factor authentication (2FA) for all Nest users beginning this spring. The move comes after it was reported late last year that hackers were able to breach Amazon's Ring security cameras, Nest's closest rival.
It should be noted, though, that 2FA has long been available for Nest users as an optional security method. However, with the upcoming change, it will be turned on by default. That means users who have yet to enroll in 2FA or haven't migrated to a Google account will need to verify their login attempt by entering a six-digit code sent via e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. This applies only when a user makes a new login to their account. They will then need to enter the verification code, otherwise, they will be denied access.
Cory Scott, Head of Security and Privacy at Google Nest, wrote in a blog post:
"We’re always exploring how to protect your privacy and security while also giving you control over the ease of access to your account and what you share. After all, devices like cameras and smoke alarms are essential in emergencies. However, an extra layer of defense gives you more control over your home devices in the long run by making sure only trusted people and devices can use them."
Of course, Google is encouraging users to migrate their account to a Google account in order to make sure that any login attempt is authorized. Plus, the company boasts a number of benefits that come with doing so, including suspicious activity detection and Security Checkup.