Starting today, October 15, users in the United States have a new two-factor authentication (2FA) method at their disposal in the form of Google’s USB-C Titan Security Key.
Manufactured in partnership with Yubico, the USB-C Titan Security Key is compatible with Android, Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows devices.
Just as other 2-step verification (2SV) options available from Google, the new tool is meant to help users better secure their accounts from unauthorized login attempts.
Security keys are mainly designed for users at higher risk, such as IT administrators, executives, politicians, and activists, who require effective protection against targeted attacks.
Google has built the capability into Android phones, made Titan Security Keys available in the U.S., Canada, France, Japan, and the UK, and also extended its Advanced Protection Program to the enterprise.
Starting today, the Internet search giant is making available in the United States the USB-C Titan Security Keys, which are built with a hardware secure element chip that has firmware designed to verify the key’s integrity.
Google uses the same secure element chip and firmware in the USB-A/NFC and Bluetooth/NFC/USB Titan Security Key models that are manufactured in partnership with Feitian Technologies.
The USB-C Titan Security Keys are available individually at $40 on the Google Store in the United States.
Additionally, Google plans on making the USB-A/NFC and Bluetooth/NFC/USB Titan Security Keys available individually, not only in existing bundles. Enterprise organizations in select countries can also order in bulk.
“We highly recommend all users at a higher risk of targeted attacks to get Titan Security Keys and enroll into the Advanced Protection Program (APP), which provides Google’s industry-leading security protections to defend against evolving methods that attackers use to gain access to your accounts and data,” Christiaan Brand, Product Manager at Google Cloud, notes.
The Titan Security Keys can also be used on sites supporting FIDO security keys for 2FA, including Google Accounts, 1Password, Coinbase, Dropbox, Facebook, GitHub, Salesforce, Stripe, Twitter, and more.
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