Hackers have found ways to bypass the two-step authentication login process. Tech Gaint Google is taking its users’ privacy very serious and making every possible effort for its users just to make them feel secure.
To defend against these advanced hacking attacks, Google has launched its enhanced two-step verification system that is based on a physical USB based “ Security key“, which adds an another security layer to protect users from cyber criminals. Security Key, enables the users to insert it into a USB port to authenticate log-ins.
Rather than receiving 6 digit authentication codes via text message or email, the users who have Security Key can simply insert the tool into a USB port whenever they wish to login into the Google account. The Google’s Security Key ensures safe access via both your physical presence and login password.
“Today we’re adding even more stronger protection for particularly security-sensitive individuals. The device “Security Key” is a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website, not a fake website which pretending to be Google.” Said Nishit Shah, Product Manager at Google.”
The Security Key USB is supporting the open (U2F) Universal 2nd Factor protocol from the FIDO Alliance, which will allow its users to log in to Google Accounts by inserting a Security Key USB device into their systems.
“Rather than typing a code, just insert the Security Key into your system’s USB port and tap it when prompted in Google Chrome. When user sign into Google Account using Chrome and Security Key USB, you can be sure that the cryptographic signature cannot be phished.”
“Security Key” works everywhere FIDO U2F is supported
As the U2F protocol is supported by Google Chrome, other websites with account login systems can get FIDO U2F working and can also opt Security key facility to provide more strong authentication options to their users.
“As more websites and web browsers come onboard, users can carry a single Security Key USB that works everywhere FIDO U2F is supported.”
Security Key works with Google Accounts sites at no charge, but in order to use the services you’ll need to buy a compatible USB device directly from a U2F participating vendor.
Security Key is available on Amazon. Google redirects users from its site to an Amazon page that lists three models of Security Key ranging in price from $5.99 to $50.