Google Titan Security Key gets NFC

Today we are excited to announce some changes to our lineup of Titan Security Keys on the Google Store which provide a simpler experience and make choosing the right security key for you even easier. We will now offer only two types of Titan Security Keys: a USB-A and a USB-C version. Both of these keys have Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality, which allows you to use it with most mobile devices by simply tapping it on the back of your mobile device in order to sign in securely. These keys will be available for all users starting tomorrow, August 10.

In 2018, Google introduced the Titan Security Key as a direct defense against credential phishing. Phishing occurs when an attacker tries to trick you into giving them your username and password, and it remains one of the easiest and most successful ways of breaching accounts online. Paired with our Advanced Protection Program and its industry-leading automatic protections, the Titan Security Key remains one of the best ways to keep your Google Account safe.

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Introducing new Titan Security Key options

Since NFC functionality is now supported by a wide range of Android phones and iPhones, we are discontinuing the Bluetooth Titan Security Key and focusing on the easier and more widely available NFC capability. However, for existing users with our Bluetooth Titan Security Keys, these will continue to work with Bluetooth and will continue to work as an NFC key on most modern mobile devices. Applicable warranties for existing Bluetooth Titan Security Keys will continue to be honored per their terms. All Titan Security Keys are built with a hardware secure element chip that includes firmware engineered by Google to verify the key’s integrity.

If you have a computer with USB-A ports, we recommend you get the USB-A + NFC security key:

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If you have a computer with USB-C ports, we recommend you get the USB-C + NFC security key:

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If you have an iPad with a USB-C connector you can use the USB-C Titan Security Key. If you have an iPad with a lightning connector, it’s recommended to get a USB-A Titan Security Key with an Apple Lightning adapter:

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To purchase a Titan Security Key, visit the Google Store. The USB-A+NFC key,which includes a USB-A to USB-C adapter, is available for $30 and the USB-C+NFC key retails for $35.

To learn more about how security keys can help protect you against phishing, visit the Titan Security Key product page.


Source: Google Online Security Blog: Simplifying Titan Security Key options for our users
 

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I searched for an answer to whether it supports FIDO2 or not - but all they said was FIDO. I already have the bundle (and hte replacement bundle they sent ot me after the original bundle was shown to have a flaw), but none of these keys (2 USB A + NFC and 2 BT) can be used to log into Windows via Hello, because it requires FIDO2....

I suspect the new USB C + NFC is also only FIDO. Bummer.
 

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I upgraded my Yubi a few weeks back to the Yubi5 with fido2, having to input a pin before touching the key is much more secure, but gets old very quickly :(
 

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No doubt. I use a PIN anyway - but I'd like a solution dependent upon the key as part of the solution.

I've got a pair of the Solo v2s on order, and am still waiting for them, due to component procurement issues, supply chain issues, and what not - I have one that is fixed firmware and one that is 'hacker' style, which I can update the fw myself, so those will be my (eventual) addition to Hello.

I was just hoping Google would get off their arse just a bit and actually be relevant.

I suppose discontinuing the BT key (which used a #%^@$%^#$%&#%^&#$%^ Micro USB charge port) is a step in the right direction. But, ummm... how long has it been since Google used Micro USB on a charge port on their ohones again?

Yeah.
 

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