People must be already using the two-factor authentication for preventing the unauthorized access to their accounts online. Now, where the phones are capable enough to help in this regard, Google feels that it is time for people to plunge into the next step, which is of using a physical security key.
During their Google Cloud Next event, the company went on to announce that they have launched the Titan Security Key that helps the users to log in to their accounts in the desktops by carrying out an identity authentication with the help of a USB or a Bluetooth.
The USB version of the Titan Key gets plugged into one’s laptop, whereas on the other hand, the Bluetooth one works tirelessly and can last for six months even without the need to get the battery charged. The current cost is somewhere between $20 and $25 per piece, but Google has hopes of bringing that down to $10 very soon.
These devices allow the prevention of hackers from accessing people’s accounts by way of phishing. They might well play a trick of luring people to leak their passwords with the help of a thoughtfully crafted mail, but they would run out of luck if the account needs to have a physical key for logging into it.
Google has made a note of the fact that since the time of early 2017, not even a single employee; out of their more than 85000 employees have fallen prey to these kinds of attacks, due to the security keys.
If people are involved in working with sensitive information quite regularly, they must consider getting one.
According to Google, they will soon begin to sell Titan keys in their online store. It would be fascinating to see if the company can pursue people globally to use these devices with the push. Still, building the habit of using the keys among users would be Google’s biggest challenge as it noted that the Gmail users, who use the two-factor authentication on their accounts, constitute less than 10% of the total users.
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