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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

PSA: If Your Nest Cam Doesn’t Have 2FA Enabled, Hackers Might Be Watching You

It’s highly unlikely that someone will hack into your Nest cameras, but it has happened. And if you don’t enable two-factor authentication on your Nest account, it could eventually happen to you.

One family’s Nest camera was recently hacked and used to belt out a fake emergency message about an impending missile strike from North Korea using the Nest Cam’s built-in speaker—a bizarre way of using the hacked camera for sure.

Google says this hack job was merely accomplished by using a compromised password that was also used on another website that was breached. Turning on two-factor authentication would have prevented the Nest camera from getting hacked.

RELATED: What Is Two-Factor Authentication, and Why Do I Need It?

There was also another instance of a Nest Cam (being used as a baby monitor) becoming compromised where the perp started shouting expletives through the camera’s speaker. What’s wrong with these people? It’s just weird.

Long story short, Wi-Fi cams can get hacked into. With that said, if you don’t have two-factor authentication enabled for your Nest account, here’s how to do it.

Go to home.nest.com in a web browser (you can’t do it from the app, unfortunately) and log in to your account.

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