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Google is now adding one of their key security features Advanced Protection Program to their Nest devices. Previously, a user could only use their Google account for either the Advanced Protection Program or for their Nest devices, but now they can use both with the same Google account at the same time.
“Since we launched, one of our goals has been to bring Advanced Protection’s features to other Google products. We want as many users as possible to benefit from the additional levels of security that the Program provides.” Shuvo Chatterjee, product manager for Advanced Protection Program, wrote in a blog post.
The Advanced Protection program is especially designed for people under continuous risk of targeted data theft attacks online, such as movement activists, business leaders, politicians, and journalists. It requires physical security keys, one of which has to be used with a password to access the user’s account, and restricts most outside access to a Google account, blocking unknown apps and fraudulent attempts to access an account. Some Advanced Protection features are already incorporated in Gmail, Drive, G Suite, Chrome, Google Cloud, and Android.
At the beginning of this year, Google has already rolled several new security features to Nest, including two-factor authentication for users who had yet to migrate their Nest accounts to Google accounts.
To get their devices enrolled 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. Android users can enroll their phones and activate the built-in security key, while Apple users need to download the Google Smart Lock app.