Google Launches USB-Based "Security Key" To Strengthen 2-Step Verification

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Google is taking its users’ privacy very serious and making every possible effort for its users just to make them feel secure when they are online.
Today, the tech giant has announced its enhanced two-step verification service that is based on a physical USB key, adding yet another layer of security to protect its users from hackers and other forms of online theft.
SECURITY KEY- 2 STEP VERIFICATION USING USB DRIVES
 


However, simply inserting a USB key before logging in, a password is still required. So that cyber thieves would not be able to log into your account just by stealing your Security key. But, if your account password is compromised somehow, it would be useless for hackers without the corresponding Security key.
SECURITY KEY ALSO WORKS FOR OTHER SITES WITH U2F SUPPORT
Since the protocol is supported by Chrome, other websites besides Google can also opt Security key feature to provide stronger authentication options to their users. "As more sites and browsers come on-board, security-sensitive users can carry a single Security Key that works everywhere FIDO U2F is supported," Shah said.
Google is offering the Security key feature on all Google Account sites for free, but in order to use the service, users need to buy a USB device from an outside vendor such as Amazon or other retailers. Right now, the Google Security Key system works only in Chrome, but if other browsers and additional sites implement the U2F protocol, the same Security Key will work with them, too.

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