After having launched two of Google’s promising security keys last August, Google is yet to launch another security measure that will be curbing the security threats which are prevalent among the virtual world. As the name suggests, USB-C is a portable device that can be plugged into mobile phones directly without the use of massive adapters, which were once used as an interface. 15 October is the release date targeted by the company to launch this security measure.
Making the security key compatible with Android, Mac OS, Chrome OS, and Windows, Google has made the device easily accessible by a vast target audience. Once plugged into the device, the key performs a two-factor authentication thereafter, allowing access to the information marking a secured territory for the users to access the information provided safely.
Users are at high risk, especially online due to the excess amount of security threats caused by hackers, phishing attackers, and frauds. Such hackers tend to access private information and lead their way to private bank accounts and transfer wholesome money, phishing attackers, nation, and international attackers who may access national security information online. This device can be most helpful for political, journalists, and activists who are highly targeted by hostile nation-states.
The USB-C security key is available at a mere rate of $40 at the google store. Google also offers a combination of USB-A and Bluetooth at the google store for sale. The effective use of the security key has been initiated by employees working at Google to check the functionality of the devices and its effective usage. By making the chip sealed and fabricated to the hardware device, Google has promised a more robust approach to tackle the key’s own security measures.
Despite having access to multiple platforms, the USB-C security key cannot directly interface with the iOS device, and therefore, an external hardware lightning equipment key like YubiKey 5Ci would be used. Google claims to have the same hardware formatting of the key as of the earlier two keys released by Google.
Making the key FIDO (fast identity online) compatible, Google makes the key easily operable along with applications like 1Password, Dropbox, Facebook, and Twitter. Just by plugging in the key to the device, one is good to go. Surprisingly it resembles the real-life concept of a lock and key and how only a specific key can open the lock. Similarly, such a security key is used to culminate all the issues that have been arising due to poor security functionality.
The striking resembles of Google security key, and Yubico’s Yubikey 5c might create confusion among users; however, the Yubico’s key offers WebAuthn, which might prove to be a better option for some of the users. Now single password protection is not enough, and hence, this device forms a dual shield for the users. Having created a wall of protecting Google enables the users to be more secure while being online. A great step towards a secure future is the aim proven by this device, and there are multiple such devices yet to come along the way.