Google Home Max random Nest Cam footage issue reportedly addressed via a software update

Sometime in January this year, Google was forced to deny its Home Hub smart displays access to Xiaomi Mijia cameras following reports of still images from other random peoples’ homes showing up on a Google Nest Hub miles away.

While the problem has since been addressed, a similar issue recently popped up, this time related to a Nest security camera streaming to yet another Google Home Max based miles away.

The issue was first reported by a Redditor a week or so ago. Like the Xiaomi Mijia issue, a Google Home Max owner reported seeing video footage from a Nest camera that isn’t theirs.

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In fact, the footage wasn’t even from a recognized neighborhood and this is causing serious security concerns among owners of Nest cameras.

Sure, Google earlier this month rolled out security improvements for Nest owners who haven’t enrolled in two-factor authentication to verify their identity via email when signing in to their account.

However, the latest security breach has nothing to do with Nest/Google accounts. Matter of fact, for a minute it seemed like the only fix was to turn off the camera in the Nest app.

But according to the Redditor who shared the experience, Google has reached out and revealed that a software update was pushed to Google Home Hub over the weekend to address this issue and related security flaws in the future.


As noted, it isn’t the first time cloud-based camera footage has popped up in the wrong people’s homes and while it doesn’t look like this will be the last time, hopefully the security measures put in place will help prevent frequent occurrences.

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