Google ‘s Nest products can be the centerpiece of security for your home and now they are getting an upgrade. Google today reported in a blog post that Nest products now qualify for the Advanced Protection Program.
Google Advanced Protection Program is designed to give anyone at “high risk” of being abused online an extra layer of protection. It involves business executives, politics, and journalists too. Advanced Security affects all of Google’s products, including Nest, from Gmail to Chrome to Android.
Previously Nest was absolutely blocked by the Advanced Protection Program from being used with a Google account.
The introduction of Advanced Protection Program support was obviously a “top request” from Nest users. That’s possibly partly thanks to the growing target that smart home devices have become for those with malicious intent. Nest hasn’t been immune to security problems like repeated passwords in the last few years. Other initiatives, such as mandating two-factor authentication, have enhanced Nest ‘s security, but this latest step further helps.
Google does warn, however, that if a Nest user shares the “home” with other users who lack that degree of protection, some of the improved security that comes from the Advanced Protection Program may be compromised. A topic support page reads: