Following the launch of its Titan Key last year Google has returned with a new version of its two-factor security dongle with USB-C.
The inspiration for the Titan Key came from a Google mandate in 2017, when all of the company's 85,000 employees had to use a two-factor physical security device to log in to accounts. Once the system is implemented, Google claims that not a single employee account was hacked, even after more than a year. After that, Google decided to create its own security dongle and sell it to the public.
Adding a USB-C variant to the Titan key mapping is very useful. Google's previous offerings were limited to a standard USB A dongle and a Bluetooth version with a micro USB port. That is, although Google's Titanium button supports Windows, Android, iOS and MacOS, you could not connect the older titanium buttons without adapters to a range of phones or modern MacBooks and iPads.
In contrast to the predecessor models, the new USB-C-Titan key is not supported by NFC like the other two models, which seems strange. Apart from that, you still see the same list of features, including FIDO certification and a Google embedded Titan security chip.
Google's new USB C-Titan key is manufactured in collaboration with Yubico, which also makes its own set of two-factor authentication dongles and may even indicate that there are discrepancies between the two companies in terms of security consist of the Bluetooth protocol have been buried. Yubico's YubiKey products, however, offer somewhat greater compatibility thanks to a model with an Apple Lightning port and support for the WebAuthn protocol.
Last year Yubico claimed the extension of its security key products to have Bluetooth support examined and even contributed to the development of the BLE-U2F standard, ultimately changing that "BLE does not provide the security level of NFC and USB and requires batteries and pairing that provide a poor user experience. "The disagreement over the security implications of Bluetooth security key security followed a trial period that Google worked internally on its extended protection plan and Yubico's employees for security reasons Devices has provided.
This later proved to be a wise decision by Yubico, as the first run of Google's Titan Keys contained misconfigured Bluetooth pairing settings that allowed a potential hacker to access the device at the time of its use, as long as they were within reach (about 30 feet). This exploit was later fixed in later revisions, with Google offering free replacement for affected T1
The USB-C Titan Key will be on sale tomorrow on the Google Store for $ 40 . Alternatively, Google also shares the previous $ 50 Titan Key Package so you can purchase the $ 25 USB A-Titan Key and the $ 35 Bluetooth model.