Google announces new Titan security key model with USB-C

Brittany A. Roston - Oct 14, 2019, 6:36 pm CDT
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Google announces new Titan security key model with USB-C

Google has announced an updated Titan security key featuring a USB-C connector. The dongle is a more secure option for users who need more reassurance than traditional two-factor authentication (2FA) offers and who have upgraded to devices featuring the latest USB connector type. The new security key comes from Yubico and will be available to purchase from Google directly starting tomorrow.

The majority of people have highly sensitive information stored online, including financial documents, medical records, messaging records, and more. Beyond that, some professionals may need enhanced security to protect online accounts or client documents, which is where physical security keys come in.

When two-factor authentication is enabled, users typically either receive a code in a text message that they must enter alongside an account’s password, or they must verify the login using an authenticator app stored on their phone. Security keys are a more secure alternative to these methods, preventing someone from accessing the accounts unless they are in possession of the physical dongle.

In an announcement on Monday, Google revealed that it will release an updated Titan security key with USB-C in the Google Store starting tomorrow. The dongle will be available to consumers located in the US, giving them a new option for their USB-C devices.

The new Titan security key will be compatible with Android devices, as well as Chrome OS, Windows, and Mac. The dongle features a hardware secure element chip with Google-engineered firmware, according to the company — it’s the same hardware/firmware offered in the existing Titan security keys. The new security key model will cost $40 USD each.


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