Nest Requires Two-Factor Authentication

Google announced that Nest users will need to enroll in two-factor authentication starting in spring of 2020. After a few automated attacks resulting from stolen emails and passwords, Google implemented reCAPTCHA Enterprise in early January, which can detect automated attacks and prevent them automatically. Last December, the company began notifying users via email when someone logged into their Nest accounts. They also

  • Scan the web for Nest passwords
  • Automatically reset accounts when they believe there is suspicious activity
  • Require that users change their device passwords from the defaults and ensure that the passwords aren’t easy for hackers to guess
  • Migrated all Nest users to a Google account
  • Created a Family account that lets users share their passwords securely.

Cory Scott, Google Nest’s Head of Security and Privacy, wrote in a recent Google blog post,

“Privacy and security are foundational to Nest’s mission to create a more helpful home…You want to feel safe in your home, and making sure our devices add to that sense of security is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

Nest Wifi and Nest Mini
Nest Wifi and Nest Mini

Nest’s Security Issues

In the past year, Nest has encountered several issues that compromised users’ cybersecurity and privacy. Last February, Google announced a previously undisclosed microphone in the Nest Guard, the base station of the Nest Secure security system. In August, a division of Cisco Security called Talos found vulnerabilities in the Nest Cam IQ Indoor. After finding a vulnerability in the weave binary, Talos contact Nest Labs and Weave, resulting in a software update from Nest.

In April, Nest addressed cybersecurity issues resulting from customers’ email addresses and passwords being easy to find online. Nest denied culpability, saying their system was not breached and blaming the issues on anonymous third parties. The company recommended that users enable two-factor authentication, which will be required as of spring 2020.

FAQs

Is Nest a good security system?

Nest is a good security system. Minimalist in it’s parts with impressive cameras, integrations with Google Assistant and Alexa, and flexible contracting, Nest Secure is one of the best home security systems of 2020.

Does Nest security call the police?

If you sign up for professional monitoring through Brinks Home Security with your Nest system, then they can call the police for you after verifying an emergency.

Does Nest Secure require a subscription?

Nest Secure doesn’t require a subscription. However, if you want more than three hours of cloud storage, you can pay $6 a month or $60 a year for 30 days or $12 a month or $120 a year for 60 days. In the same vein, you can self-monitor your system for free in the Nest app, but if you want 24/7 professional monitoring, it’s available for $19 a month if you sign up for a year or $29 a month if you sign up for a monthly subscription.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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