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Apple Adding Two-factor Authentication Protocol For Developer Accounts

2FA is available to iCloud and iTunes users with at least one device that is using the latest versions of iOS or macOS

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In a bid to secure developer accounts from hackers, Apple has added the requirement of a two-factor authentication (2FA) protocol for all app makers that would protect their Apple IDs.

“2FA will be required to sign in to your Apple Developer account and certificates, identifiers and profiles starting February 27. This extra layer of security for your Apple ID helps ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account,” Apple Insider quoted the iPhone-maker as saying in a letter to developers on Wednesday.

Apple claims that 2FA dramatically improves the security of Apple IDs and all the personal information users store with Apple.

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The feature would save trusted devices including iPhones, iPads, or iPod touch or a Mac with iOS 9 and later along with trusted phone numbers which are entitled to receive temporary verification codes to allow users to sign into a new device or browser with their Apple IDs.

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“Once signed in, you won’t be asked for a verification code on that device again unless you sign out completely, erase the device, or need to change your password for security reasons. When you sign in on the web, you can choose to trust your browser, so you won’t be asked for a verification code the next time you sign in from that computer,” the company informed via a blog-post.

2FA is available to iCloud and iTunes users with at least one device that is using the latest versions of iOS or macOS. (IANS)

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Google Kills Nest App for Android, Apple Watches

Nest apps allowed users to view notifications, control the temperature of Nest thermostats, switch to Home/Away modes, and more

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Since not a lot of people frequently use smartwatches that can control smart home devices, Google has killed Nest apps for both Android as well as Apple watches.

Google’s Nest app markets smart home products such as thermostats, smoke detectors and security systems including smart doorbells and smart locks. Its smartwatch app offered a quick way to adjust the thermostat’s target temperature or operating mode.

Advising users to uninstall the app, version 5.37 of the Nest app prompts smartphone users with a message that reads – “Nest is no longer supported for Wear OS”, 9To5Google reported on Wednesday.

According to a statement by a company spokesperson, the search engine giant “took a look at Nest app users on smartwatches and found that only a small number of people were using it”.

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Moving forward the company plans to “spend more time focusing on delivering high quality experiences through mobile apps and voice interactions”.

Nest apps allowed users to view notifications, control the temperature of Nest thermostats, switch to Home/Away modes, and more.

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Google’s decision of killing the Nest app for smartwatches would not majorly affect users because they can still use their Android and Apple phones and the Nest mobile app, The Verge reported. (IANS)