People always ask for more security for their online accounts. As you know Google isn’t one to shy away from bold claims. So, it really offers you to use its product “Titan security key” to protect yourself from hackers. It sells for $50 in Google’s online store. Google designed the Titan Security Key to work with its own products like Google account, Gmail, the G Suite apps. Using the security key is much like using a key to unlock a door. When you log into your account like your Google account from a new phone or browser, you’ll enter a special security code from your phone in addition to your password. So in this way, it will make it harder for someone else to access your account, even if they have your password. Now Google is adding more protection to your account with this security key.
The Titan security keys
Normally, you might just use a password to log in to all of your online accounts, like Gmail, Facebook and Dropbox. That’s not very secure, even if you use a different password everywhere. Maybe you’ve enabled two-factor authentication, which can send a text message to your phone that’s required in addition to a password each time you log in. But even it isn’t as secure as the Titan Security Key. Instead, Google’s Titan Security Key acts as the master password for everything you need to access. Just don’t lose it.
When these keys used in addition to a password, PIN, or biometric as part of a two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification (2SV) system, they reduces the chances of login by hackers. Google says that since it offered the Titan Security Key to its own staff, there hasn’t even been a single successful phishing attack. That’s great, isn’t it?
What are the features of this product?
Let’s take a look at the amazing features of this wonderful product.
1. Trusted hardware
You can pick up a less expensive U2F key, but the Titan security key has one feature that others don’t. It has a hardware chip developed by Google that helps to ensure the keys haven’t been physically tampered with. The hardware chips are designed to resist physical attacks aimed at extracting firmware and secret key material.
The Keys provide cryptographic proof that users are interacting with. Also it provides the legitimate service that they originally registered their security key with. So users are in possession of their security key.
3. Standards of FIDO alliance
This keys meet standards of FIDO alliance. With keys like the ones Google has, which are called FIDO U2F (Universal Second Factor), users can prevent phishing attacks.
4. Growing app ecosystem
Titan Security Keys can be used to authenticate to Google and many other services which support FIDO standards.
5. Broad browser support
They are compatible with browsers like Chrome or any other that support FIDO standards. The keys are available in two form such as USB/NFC and USB/NFC/Bluetooth.
6. Advance protection program
The keys are compatible with the Advanced Protection Program. It will protect the Google accounts of any one from the risk of targeted attacks.
7. Fast login
If you use the security key with your desktop computer, logging in is as simple as a tap on the key after you enter your password.
The keys are simple to use
The bundle of Titan security key includes two types of keys: one that plugs into your USB port and one that connects to phones with Bluetooth. Now, whenever you log into your Google account, either on your own computer or one you might be borrowing, you need to first enter password and insert the USB key into the computer and tap a small gold button on it. If you’re logging into Gmail on a phone, just tap the button on the Bluetooth key. If don’t have the keys, you can’t get in to your accounts. Moreover Google is adding NFC support later this year, which will let you log in to your Google account on an Android device by tapping the key to the back of your phone.
Don’t lose the keys
The peace of mind which this key gives is admirable, because it ensures that it’s much harder for someone to break into our most important online accounts, like Google. On the other hand, sometimes we may seriously be worried about losing the Titan Security Key. Because it is tiny, and even when we connect it to a key chain, sometimes we may misplace it. Also, the Bluetooth model of this key needs to be charged, and you shouldn’t ever let it fully drain.
Anyway, when you lose the Titan Security Key, you can try to gain access again from a computer where your account is still logged in. Another way is waiting three to five days for resetting your password by Google’s help.
You can register a physical security key to your online accounts. Now for the next time you log in after enabling login approvals, you’ll simply tap a small hardware device. It goes in the USB drive of your computer.
Using your security key
When you added the security key, the next time you log into your account, you’ll be asked to tap your security key. If you having problem in adding or using your security key, first make sure about setting up either text message codes or a third-party authentication app. If you have already set up one of those two security methods, try clearing your cache and temporary data. You can also try restarting your computer or mobile device.