Google launched the Titan Security Key on Thursday, a two-factor authentication token (2FA) designed to enhance your security and make it difficult for hackers to breach your online accounts that support 2FA protection.
The Titan Security Key is now being sold for $ 50 on the Google Store and includes a Bluetooth key, a USB key and the necessary ports.
If Titan Security Key sounds familiar to you, it's because Google made it available to Google Cloud users last month. However, the security dongle is now available to anyone who needs stronger protection for their Google accounts and other online offerings.
In a blog post on the Google Cloud blog, Google states that the Titan keys are based on FIDO standards and that the devices are designed to prevent hacks from being made by actual use. Google notes that the firmware responsible for the crypto operations can not be hacked before the product is delivered to consumers:
The cryptographic engine firmware was developed by Google for security purposes , This firmware is permanently sealed in a secure element hardware chip at production time in the chip manufacturing factory. The secure element hardware chip we use is designed to withstand physical attacks aimed at extracting firmware and secret key material.
These permanently sealed secure element hardware chips are then delivered to the production line that manufactures the physical security key device. Therefore, trust in Titan Security Key is anchored in the sealed chip, unlike any other later step that takes place during device manufacturing.
Google also says it has worked with Yubico and NXP to develop security keys used in Google. Since the introduction of security keys as a second factor for employees, Google has not reported or confirmed any takeovers after phishing attacks.
If you're a potential target for hackers – a politician, business leader, journalist or activist – the Google Titan key might be for you. Also, check out Google's extended protection program. But even if you're not the target of hacks and are tech savvy enough to avoid phishing scams, you should still consider service. Titan Security Keys also works with Dropbox, Facebook, GitHub, Salesforce, Stripe, Twitter, and other services that support FIDO standards.
The titanium keys are only temporarily available to US buyers, but will soon be available in other regions. Once you've purchased yours, you can find out how to use them on this Google Help page.