Exploring possibilities of more secure and fast identity recognition two-factor authentication (2FA) security keys were created and now Google has launched Titan Security Key at cloud computing-focused ‘Cloud Next 2018’ as its native FIDO-compatible security key to protect enterprise customers against online attacks.
Just after two days when Google came with report that none of its 85,000 employees have fallen prey to phishing attacks on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when Google began requiring its employees to use security keys instead of passwords and one-time codes for access authorization to various work-related sites and apps, it launched The Titan Security Key a FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance security key which includes firmware developed by Google to authenticate.
The hardware security key has two variants: one with a USB support for PCs and another with Bluetooth support for mobile devices. The key would compete directly with existing player Yubico’s hardware-based security keys called YubiKey.
The verification process authenticates logging into the service originally registered with the security key and possessing correct security key. At present Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browsers support security keys while Microsoft is expected to support them in its Edge browser in coming days.
“We’ve long advocated the use of security keys as the strongest, most phishing-resistant authentication factor for high-value users, especially cloud admins, to protect against the potentially damaging consequences of credential theft, Titan Security Key gives you even more peace of mind that your accounts are protected, with assurance from Google of the integrity of the physical key,” said Google Cloud’s Product Management Director Jennifer Lin in a blog post.
Supposing that username and security is obtained by hacker the data could not be accessed as it would also require the physical USB security key. The security keys such as the new ones unveiled by Google can work without a network and without battery power, which is a useful feature of the keys and which provides a smooth run for the user. Titan Security key is currently available for a free trial to Google Cloud customers and would soon be available with Google Store.
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