You can now improve your smart home security by taking advantage of the top security offer from Google
Google has announced that its Advanced Protection Program (APP) is now available for Nest smart home devices. Previously, users could use their Google Account with either APP or Nest devices, but not with both at the same time.
The update was high on the wish list of the Google user base. Shuvo Chatterjee, APP product manager, wrote in a blog post Monday.
“Since our launch, one of our goals has been to move the functions of Advanced Protection to other Google products. Over the years, we've integrated many of them into GSuite, Google Cloud Platform, Chrome, and most recently Android, ”said Chatterjee, adding that Google wanted as many people as possible to benefit from the additional security of the program.
The addition of APP is the latest in a series of security features that have been added to the popular range of connected devices following reports of Nest hijackings and vulnerabilities in Nest security cameras.
Two-factor authentication has become mandatory for nest owners who haven't enabled this option or migrated to a Google account. In the meantime, reCAPTCHA Enterprise has been added to reduce the likelihood of automated attacks, and login notifications were launched on the platform in December.
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APP was launched in 2017 and is primarily aimed at people who are at high risk of targeted attacks due to their work – journalists, activists, business leaders and political campaign teams. However, you do not need to belong to any of these groups to improve the security of your Google account. Anyone interested in additional protection against phishing, malware and fraudulent access to their data can sign up.
There are two ways to register for the program: Use either two physical security keys, including one as a backup, or a smartphone. Android 7.0 or higher or iOS 10.0 or higher must be running on the phone. While the security key is integrated on Android phones, iPhone users have to install the "Google Smart Lock" app. Nevertheless, Google recommends that you add a hardware token, such as your own Titan security key, as a backup in case your phone is lost.
Amer Owaida June 2, 2020 – 5:18 p.m.