Google Titan

A 2FA device to protect yourself from hackers

#3 Product of the DayAugust 30, 2018

Like a second lock after your password, Titan Security Keys help prevent phishing and keep out anyone who shouldn’t have access to your online accounts. Security keys are the same level of security used internally at Google.

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Curious how many people use a physical 2FA device like this (other than their phone, of course). Will this be increasingly common in the future?
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@rrhoover Our org just decided to move this direction and we were searching for good options. We're now on the waitlist and will be using this product! Stoked!
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@rrhoover I recently grabbed myself a Yubikey 4 (https://www.yubico.com/product/y...). Hands down, the best security-motivated decision I've made in a long time. It works great for security both accounts and physical devices (thanks to Yubikey's compatibility with Windows Hello).
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Curious how this compares to the Yubico offerings.
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This is a neat product. Google recently announced none of their 85,000+ employees had been successfully phished when using 2FA devices like these. Will be interested to see how many consumers adopt a physical device, rather than rely on SMS or email.
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@pottsjustin I don’t agree that this is a good reference. All of Google’s 85000+ employees are going to be significantly more savvy than your average phishing victim and thus hugely unlikely to be a victim of such an attack, 2FA or otherwise.
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@pottsjustin @mickc79 There are plenty of non-tech people at Google who still have access to the systems. From HR or facilities staff, these people on a whole are not less likely than someone at any other company.
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@pottsjustin @mickc79 People who work at big companies like this are more likely to be targeted for attacks though. Not everyone who works at Google is an engineer.
@mickc79 just because you a techie doesn't mean that you don't fall for phishing.
So, what happens if you loose your keys? You just can't use the internet for a while until you get a replacement or what?
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@alexjackhughes in this case you get two keys, one for on your keyring (with bluetooth etc.) and a "normal" USB type A key, you are supposed to keep one of them in a safe place as a backup. As with all two-factor if you loose it, you are permanently locked out of your account if you don't have recovery codes or if the service does not provide a recovery method.
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I still have my key from when I worked at Google. It's a brilliant solution. I'm curious about how biometric 2FA will make this more obsolete as technology progresses (accurate retina scans, Motorola's password pill, etc)
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