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Nest Learning Thermostat
Learning is fun! Owning a thermostat that learns all about how warm and cool you like your house is maybe fun too? According to the makers, use this thermostat for a week and it'll adapt to you. The app lets you control the temperature in your home from anywhere and sends alerts when things don't look quite right. Best of all, that learning can help save energy and money. The big question is, can it learn who’s side to pick when you like it hot and your partner likes it cold?
Our ResearchHow to use this guide
Can it spy on me
Camera Device: No | App: Yes
Microphone Device: No | App: Yes
Location Tracking Device: No | App: Yes
What does it know about me
Product uses encryption
Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
Can I control it
If a password is required, you must change the default password
From the company: "Our devices do not rely on password-based authentication. Our online accounts do use password-based security, but do not rely on default passwords."
Automatic security updates
Deletes data it stores on you
Has parental controls
Company shows it cares about its customers
Company manages security vulnerabilities
The company runs a bug bounty program with Google.
😮What could happen if something went wrong
A software glitch could turn your thermostat off when it’s really cold and you're not home and all your pipes could burst (this actually happened).
Nest Thermostat Glitch Leaves Users in the Cold
Last week, my once-beloved “smart” thermostat suffered from a mysterious software bug that drained its battery and sent our home into a chill in the middle of the night.