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Using a 2FA security key with your Google account on iOS is about to get easier

Using a 2FA security key with your Google account on iOS is about to get easier

Hardware two-factor security keys are your safest bet for digital security, but they aren’t always easy to use. Up until now, using a two-factor hardware key with your Google account on iOS has been a bit of a pain, since it had to work through the Smart Lock app. But now, Google is making things much easier for iPhone and iPad users.

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[Update: Now available] Google Titan security key updated with USB-C

[Update: Now available] Google Titan security key updated with USB-C

Security breaches and phishing attacks are still distressingly common these days, so many of us secure accounts through two-factor authentication (2FA) systems based on SMS or Google Prompt. That's better than nothing, but 2FA codes might not be enough for high-risk individuals. Physical 2FA devices add another layer of security, and Google made available to the general public last year its Titan Security Key Bundle. Initially released with USB-A, NFC, and Bluetooth support, the 2019 edition of Titan has now been updated to support USB-C natively.

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Google's hardware 2FA Titan Security Keys available starting today for $50 at the Google Store

Google's hardware 2FA Titan Security Keys available starting today for $50 at the Google Store

If you're conscious of your own digital security in the modern era, then odds are you use two/multi-factor authentication to secure your more important accounts, but not all methods are equal. If you're especially concerned about privacy or in a "high value" position, in security terms, hardware-based keys are the better choice, as they offer additional protections against things like phishing attacks. And starting today, those invested heavily into Google's ecosystem can pick up the previously announced Titan Security Keys over on the Google Store.

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Google to sell its own hardware 2FA solution, the Titan Security Key

Google to sell its own hardware 2FA solution, the Titan Security Key

Google is in full-on enterprise announcement mode, today being the second of three days dedicated to its business-centric Cloud Next conference. One interesting tidbit that's been making the rounds (independently of an announcement at the event itself, so far) is some new security hardware Google plans on selling in its store. This isn't anything so glamorous as a new phone, tablet, or Chromebook, though: They're a pair of hardware 2FA security keys.

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