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Google Titan Security Key now available in Canada, France, Japan, and the UK

Google's two-factor authentication hardware key, the Titan Security, has been available in the US for almost a year. After disappearing from the Store for a few months and a Bluetooth flaw that required Google to send free replacements, it's now making its way to four other countries.

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OneDrive's new Personal Vault puts extra security on your sensitive documents

You can pretty much stick a file manager interface onto any app you want. But when it comes to actual personal storage apps, be it local or in the cloud, developers could always go further by installing an enhanced-security enclave — where particularly sensitive files can be stored and accessed only through further authentication. Microsoft recently decided to give OneDrive customers such an extra layer, branding it as their own "Personal Vault."

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Google finds flaw in Bluetooth Titan Security Keys, will provide free replacements

Google released the Titan Security Key last year, as part of the company's growing focus on two-factor authentication. The kit comes with a USB Type-A key and a battery-powered Bluetooth/NFC key, and both could be configured as 2FA methods with Google accounts. The last thing you want in your security key is a security flaw, but that's just what has been discovered.

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Android's built-in security key now rolling out to all Android 7.0+ devices

Last month, Google started testing a new way to use Android phones as a two-factor authentication keys. While cloud-based 2FA has been available on Android for years, the new method is hardware-based. The new feature is now rolling out to all Android 7.0+ devices worldwide.

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Google beta testing Android phones as a new Bluetooth-based two-step verification key

The success of two-step verification processes is prone to two factors: security and convenience. Maybe you, the average person, want to keep all your personal data online safe and sound, but buying a $50 dongle that serves no other purpose than to be a key to a very specific lock doesn't make sense for you. Google has you covered now as it is beta testing a way for your Android phone to be that key to all of your Google account information on your desktop or laptop.

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Google will now let G Suite admins disable SMS two-factor authentication

One of the hassles that comes with being a G Suite admin is making sure everything is secure, which can sometimes fall outside of your control. Employees are notoriously one of the weakest links in enterprise security, so it's good to have multiple two-factor authentication methods to cover for weak passwords and the like. One of the more common methods for 2FA is SMS, but due to notable failings in its security, Google is offering admins the option to completely disable it for their domains.

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Google is testing revised two-step verification prompts on mobile

Two-factor authentication is something that everyone should have on their Google accounts, but the traditional SMS and Google Authenticator methods can be a bit tedious. Back in 2016, Google added a new two-step verification approval prompt for Android devices that is painless to both set up and use. The prompt has gone through several design revisions since its initial release, and Google is currently experimenting with two new layouts.

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UK bank falls victim to SS7 attacks, allowing cybercriminals to drain accounts and reminding us why SMS two-factor authentication sucks

By now everyone should know that two-factor authentication via SMS is outdated and insecure. But in case anyone needs a reminder, here it is: Metro Bank in the UK was recently the victim of something called SS7 attacks, which basically allow anyone with access to reroute text messages and calls as they please, as well as track the location of a compromised phone. This is far from the first time this has happened, and it seems European banks are more at risk than US banks.

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Instagram two-factor authentication app support is now live

Securing your account logins with two-factor authentication (2FA) is a very healthy online habit to get into, but it can be annoying when services decide to only send the codes via SMS. An authentication app isn't only more convenient, it's also safer because regular messages could still be intercepted or forwarded. For a while now, Instagram was one of very few accounts I use that only supported 2FA via SMS, but proper authentication app support was promised recently, and now it appears to be rolling out.

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Yubico launches new YubiKey 5 Series 2FA keys, supports passwordless FIDO2 and NFC

Yubico, one of the more well-known names in two-factor hardware security keys, has just revealed its new YubiKey 5 Series: four new keys that all support FIDO2, and a big USB-A model that does NFC. The new keys look almost exactly like their counterparts in the old YubiKey 4 Series, with the same durable designs for both USB-A and USB-C keys.

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