At Google organized Cloud ’18 convention in San Francisco, the company has launched Titan Security Key (Tiny USB device) that provide hardware-based two-factor authentication of your online accounts like Gmail, Facebook etc. This can be considered as the highest protection level against phishing attacks.
This kind of hardware-based security keys are very much efficient for preventing phishing, MITM (man-in-the-middle) and other attacks like 2FA via SMS. Even someone has your credentials, but account won’t be accessible without this physical key. Very interesting!
This tiny device is adding an extra layer of authentication to your account on top of password. User can simply login to his account just by plug-in this USB device and press a button. Just like other U2F security keys, the Titan keys also work with many online services like Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Github. It is also going to support all major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
Titan Security Keys is based on the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, U2F (universal 2nd factor) protocol and includes a secure element and a firmware developed by Google that verifies the integrity of security keys at the hardware level.
This USB Titan security keys are available to Google cloud customer and will be available to anyone to purchase on the Google store in near future. These keys are designed to authenticate logins over USB and Bluetooth. Bluetooth based wireless keys can be connected to both, your computer and mobile devices.
For now, Google hasn’t announced pricing for the Titan Security Key but is said to be around $20 or $30.
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