Google has announced their FIDO based security key last month which allows users to perform 2-step verification with compatible devices. While it was originally only available to Google Cloud Customers the key is now available to all Google users in the form of a USB.
Google’s Titan Key has both USB and Bluetooth which can be used to plug the key directly into the USB Port of Android Chromebook or computers running Chrome Browser. With inbuilt Bluetooth support allows for a wider range of compatibility with other devices that don’t have a USB port such as the New iPhone and MacBook Pro.
The Google Titan Key follows the same idea as YubiKeys. The Security Key performs 2-step verification automatically hence the user doesn’t require apps such as Google Authenticator
“Security keys can help to guard your Google Account as well as other customer and enterprise services by helping to defend against phishing and other social engineering attacks that try to steal user credentials,” Christiaan Brand, Product Manager at Google Cloud, explains in a blog post. “Google thinks security keys based on the FIDO standards to be the strongest, most phishing-resistant method of 2-step verification (2SV)–also referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA)–on the market today.”
These keys have enabled Google Cloud Platform Administrators to enforce their usage over the Google Cloud Platform. There are a lot of positives to the use of such security keys to the protect user accounts with additional layers of security.
Google offers the Titan Security Key Bundle that provides users with a USB Security Key, Bluetooth Security Key, USB-C to USB-A Adapter and USB-C to USB-A and a connecting cable that allows you to connect a wide array of devices.
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