Google Nest, the American giant’s brand for its line of smart speakers, thermostats, smoke detectors, and others, announced earlier today that it would soon require users to set up two-factor authentication to further protect their account. The feature is already available for all nest users, but starting from this spring, it will become mandatory.
That is important (and useful) because most users only follow the base settings that put their accounts at risk of being accessed by a malevolent person.
According to Nest, the feature will be mandatory for all users who haven’t yet activated the two-factor authentication setting.
A coincidence or a planned move?
That decision comes shortly after Amazon’s announcement of a similar plan for their Ring devices, which will also require two-factor authentication by default starting from later this year.
However, Ring’s version supports codes sent over text messages, according to the company.
The authentication process
When login to a nest user’s account is initiated, they will receive an email from [email protected] with a six-digit code. The code will be used to determine whoever is trying to log in.
Nest is also trying to encourage people to use a Google account to take advantage of Google’s specific security protections, which offer a multitude of means for authorizing an account and many other benefits, including suspicious activity detection and even a “Security Checkup” feature.
Even though it might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, users will surely get used to the two-factor authentication system for the ultimate goal of improved security.