IT40 News for Week 30 of 2018



#2 Google wants you to use its new physical keys to secure your account

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Yubico offers a range of authentication devices for desktop and mobile

You should already be using two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to your online accounts. While your phone is up to the task of helping you with that, Google believes it’s time for to take the next step: using a physical security key.

At its ongoing Google Cloud Next event, the company announced that it’s launched the Titan Security Key, which lets you log in to your account on your desktop by authenticating your identity with over USB or Bluetooth.

The Titan key’s USB version plugs into your laptop, while the Bluetooth one works wirelessly and lasts up to six months without needing a battery change. CNET reported that they presently cost between $20 and $25 apiece, but Google said it hoped to bring the cost down to around $10 soon enough.

These aren’t a new invention by any means: Swedish security firm Yubico has been making security keys for several years now, and offers a range of different models that you can use with online services on your desktop and phone – including those from Google.

Yubico offers a range of authentication devices for desktop and mobile

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