Google has found a replacement for the standard two-step sign-in with a physical Titan security key. It protects against data interception better than the confirmation code, which usually comes via SMS or is generated through the application. The dongle is a USB drive that must be connected to the computer during authorization. For mobile devices, a Bluetooth connection is used.
Google employees have been testing new security keys since early 2017. As a result, the number of hacks in their accounts dropped to zero. After all, even if hackers intercept the username and password, they will not be able to access accounts without a physical key. This protection is especially important for cloud-based business accounts that need to preserve sensitive data.
Physical security keys are far from new. For example, the existing solution from Yubico allows you to use them to log into your Gmail and Facebook accounts as part of two-step verification. Google decided to highlight the merits of this type of protection and offered its own version.
Google's Titan Key will soon be available on the Google Store for $ 20-25. USB and Bluetooth modules will cost $ 50. The security keys will be able to work without mains and without a battery, which will be convenient for use on the go.