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Google’s New Security Key USB Stick is the Smartest Protection You Can Get

Posted on the 22 October 2014 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

How it Works


Security Key is probably the most secure way to protect your Google accounts as it only works after verifying the login site is not a fake site. Hackers used fake websites, pretending to be Google to steal user information in many occasions before and this new method could put an end to that for once and for all.

The Bigger Picture

Currently, the Security Key only works with Google websites and requires the latest Chrome to function properly, which now incorporate the FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol. Google’s hopes that more browsers and websites would add FIDO U2F support, making the Security Key a universal password system in a USB stick that allows you to safely access online accounts in a moment.

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There’s Always a Catch

Sadly, you can’t use your ordinary USB stick at home to turn it into a Security Key. You will have to find a device that support FIDO U2F to use it as a Security Key. These USB sticks range from $6 to $60 USD at Amazon.

[Via: Strengthening 2-Step Verification with Security Key Google Blog ]
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