Version 3.3 of Skylark has hit the streets, bringing with it a major new feature: support for Nest’s 2-Factor Authentication! Now you can enhance the security of your Nest Home account, while still enjoying the convenience of Skylark’s automatic Home/Away monitoring.
The app update is currently rolling out to all users automatically, but if you're impatient, you can manually grab the latest update from the App Store.
Answers to your burning FAQs
What's 2-Factor Authentication (2FA)?
It’s an extra security step you can opt to take when logging into your Nest Home account. When enabled, you’ll be prompted by Skylark for a 6-digit security code in addition to your username and password, in order to log in. The code is sent to you via SMS/text message.
How do I activate 2 Factor Authentication on my Nest Home account?
Nest has you covered here, with this handy little walkthrough guide on activating 2-Factor Authentication.
What if I have multiple devices using Skylark in my household?
If you have multiple devices in your home registered with Skylark, make sure to update to v3.3 on all devices, otherwise if they sign out, you'll need to deactivate 2FA on your Nest Home account in order to let them sign back in.
Please also note that your 2FA code will be sent to whichever phone number is associated with the Nest Home account that you use to set up 2FA.
How often will I need to do this?
Nest’s 2-Factor Authentication system expires your 2FA code every 30 days, so you’ll need to re-authenticate whenever this happens — however you’ll only need to do this from one of your devices. It’s an inconvenience, yes, however it’s a small price to pay for the added security and peace of mind, given the current cybersecurity climate.
As always, let us know if you have questions in the Support Forum, we love to hear from you guys!