Nest to Require Two-Factor Authentication for All Accounts From This Month

Google will require compulsory use of two-factor authentication for all Nest accounts starting this month, the company has announced.

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In other words, users who haven't already enabled smartphone-based 2FA or migrated to a Google account will have to verify their identity via email-based authentication every time they log in. The change was spotted by Engadget in an updated Nest help page:

Earlier this year, we announced that starting in the Spring, we will now require all Nest account users who have not enrolled in two-factor authentication or migrated to a Google account to take an extra step by verifying their identity via email when logging in to their Nest account.

The time has come, and beginning in May, Nest will be adding this new account security feature. When a new login is initiated, you’ll receive an email from accounts@nest.com with a six digit verification code to be entered in order to successfully sign in. This code is to verify it is you trying to access your account and without this code, you will not be able to log in.

As mentioned, the intention to switch all accounts to 2FA was announced earlier this year, following reports that Nest security cameras across the U.S. were being hacked.

Google responded to those stories by explaining that their systems hadn't in fact suffered critical security breaches. Rather, affected users had failed to use unique passwords and the compromised accounts were the result of "credential stuffing attacks," where hackers logged into Nest accounts using login credentials leaked in older unrelated data breaches.

Google says it will notify users before making the 2FA security change. Until then, it advises Nest owners to ensure they still have access to the email they use for Nest.

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Top Rated Comments

EchoplexSE Avatar
55 months ago
When are they going to stop spamming me to migrate to a Google account? Because it’s not happening
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
55 months ago
Going overboard, I don’t need or want 2FA to check or set the temp of my thermostats...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xnu Avatar
55 months ago
I would just like my thermostat to work.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
55 months ago
It's 2020, everyone should have 2FA enabled and every company should have 2FA for all accounts... I'm looking at you Netflix.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
55 months ago
Nest can go piss up a tree until they enable HomeKit support.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DavisEngeler Avatar
55 months ago
To those of you freaking out about having to do this every time you change your temperature, just ask yourself... Does the app currently require you to log back in every time you use it?

No.

MFA like this is happens at login.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)