Wyze is ready to take pre-orders for its excellent outdoor camera, but it̵7;s not ready to take a break. After being hit by a data breach in December last year, it became clear that Wyze’s implementation of two-factor authentication is not enough. Wyze is now being read to support Google and Microsoft authentication apps.
If you use a security camera with remote access, you should enable two-factor authentication. As shown with ring cameras, it is all too easy to use social technology to break into a security camera and wreak havoc.
Wyze has been supporting SMS-based two-factor authentication for over a year, and while it’s better than nothing, it’s not as secure as an app-based authentication solution. It is possible to steal a number or redirect text messages to catch an authentication code.
And as Wyze found out last year, when everyone is dependent on a system, it’s easy to overload the system. Wyze received a data breach, and as part of that restriction, passwords and two-step authentication codes were reset. The system text did it all at once, and it bent the weight. Users could not log in again because they could not retrieve codes.
In addition, Wyze’s SMS system only supports US-based phone numbers. If you live internationally or use an international phone number, you cannot secure your Wyze account with two-factor authentication.
In an email today, Wyze announced support for both Google and Microsoft authentication apps. It allows randomly generated codes that are updated every 60 seconds. And both apps are available in several countries, one step up from the SMS-based system.
According to Wyze’s help files, you can not directly switch to an authentication app if you already use SMS-based authentication. You must disable two-factor authentication and then run the installation process again.
The new authentication option is available today and we are already seeing it on our devices.