Arlo is following the leads of Nest and Ring in requiring tighter security for its smart home devices. It's warning customers that it'll require two-factor authentication for accounts by the end of 2020. As it explained in a support guide, you'll have to either respond to a push notification or a less secure text message whenever you sign in with a new device. Email security codes will be available as an "automatic back-up option."
Of the three smart home security companies, only Ring's two-factor requirement is active today. Nest's is due to take effect sometime in the second quarter. Still, Arlo's move is an important start. There's a mounting concern that intruders can use security cameras and other connected devices to spy on and harass homeowners. Two-step logins won't guarantee that your account stays secure, but they will raise the base level of security and prevent attackers from 'casually' hijacking some of your most important devices.