Google launches Security Key, aims for a safer Internet
Google has recently announced that it’s intensifying its security measures against phishing or unauthorized access to one’s account with the help of a device called Security Key.
Security Key is, in a nutshell, a physical device that can be used to add another layer of protection against malicious websites that phishes for sensitive information such as password and financial information.
It works similarly to Google’s two-step verification process, only this time users would only have to use the device instead of typing a system-generated keycode that was sent to their phone.
The Security Key works hand-in-hand with the new security protocol called Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) which was developed by Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance. The protocol will allow users to also use the U2F-certified device in other websites that require login provided that they are using Google Chrome.
FIDO Alliance was also keen to point out that although USB drives are suitable candidates to become a Security Key, the technology will not be limited to it. As such, other forms of devices such NFC tokens and Smart Cards can be used in the future.
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