Google brings the Advanced Protection Program to Nest devices

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2020

Google's Advanced Protection Program, which is designed for high-risk users such as journalists, activists, and people working on elections, is now available for Nest users as well. Advanced Protection accounts can now connect to Nest.

In addition to phishing and account protection, the Advanced Protection Program will also prevent you from installing apps outside of the Google Play Store, limit what web apps have access to your Google data, and adds stronger account recovery verifications if you lose your keys. It is now giving added security to its smart home devices.

"Since we launched, one of our goals has been to bring Advanced Protection's features to other Google products", Shuvo Chatterjee, product manager for Advanced Protection Program, wrote in a blog post.

Google has confirmed that its range of Nest smart home products is now covered by its super-secure Advanced Protection Program for Google accounts. That's a problem when Google is simultaneously pushing people to migrate their Nest accounts to Google logins.

Now, the latest move adds another layer of security to Nest devices.

To enroll in Advanced Protection, users need two physical security keys - a main and a backup - and a phone running Android 7 or higher or iOS 10.0 or higher.

Once enrolled, users need the physical security key along with their password to log into their Google account. It protects the account from fraudulent access attempts and blocks unknown apps.

- Any home member can access devices, media services, addresses, and home activity.

But with cyber criminals increasingly hacking into smart home devices to eavesdrop on users and take control of them to be used as part of large botnet attacks, there's increasing pressure on manufacturers to improve security.

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