Soon, owners of smart Google Nest devices will be required to switch to two-factor authentication, which will provide an additional level of device protection. About this company reported on my blog.
The changes will take effect this spring. Owners of Nest devices that have not yet used two-factor authentication or have not transferred their Nest account to a Google account will be forced to verify their identity by email when they try to log in to their account. In such cases, Nest will send a six-digit verification code for authorization in the account.
As the company explained, this measure will reduce the risk of automated attacks on Nest gadgets that use data collected from various information leaks.
At the same time, Amazon-based Ring, a smart door lock company, takes a slightly different approach, requiring only new users to use two-factor authentication. For older users, this feature is optional. As Ring founder Jamie Siminoff explained, the introduction of mandatory two-factor authentication will require the company to end all users’ sessions, which may block access to cameras and warning systems until the user logs in again.
Over the past few months, Ring has been at the center of a series of scandals. For example, last December, credentials for authorizing thousands of Amazon Ring camera owners turned up on the Web, and a little later that month, an Alabama resident sued Amazon and Ring, accusing them of failing to protect their devices from cyber attacks.