Google’s Security Key Explained

by birtanpublished on August 23, 2020

Hey guys Pecunia here with andrew police ever wondered how secure your online accounts really are sure you could have an extremely long password with various characters numbers and symbols or even use some form of two-factor authentication to improve security but

Even then a simple phishing attack could obtain enough information to hack into your account so what would be a better alternative hardware security keys for universal two-factor authentication otherwise known as u2f and since Google

Just released their own security keys collectively called the tight end security key I thought I explained what security keys are and if Google's version is worth buying the idea is simple if you're using a computer you

Get a security key that looks like a thumb drive and register it with websites that support you to F Hardware authentication like Google Dropbox Facebook Twitter and more I'll drop a link to a website that can tell you

Which sites support security keys once the key is registered to your account whenever you try to sign in for the first time on a different computer you'll need to plug in your security key tap on its button and your logged in for

Your smartphone it's the same concept but with more connectivity options you can use a key with an NFC chip in it or a battery enabled key with Bluetooth and NFC support though a USB key will still work on most phones just like he wired

Key you need to register them with your account on supported websites and whenever you try to sign in for the first time on a different smartphone you need to wirelessly connect the fob via Bluetooth or NFC tap on its button and

Your logged in but why not use the other forms of two-factor authentication well SMS verification is vulnerable to interception and socially engineered attacks at the carrier level for example someone can spoof your number call your

Cell phone provider and by pertaining to B you change where your phone number points at based code authentication such as Google Authenticator LastPass or Microsoft is a bit more secure but it's still vulnerable to phishing attacks and

Don't think you'll ever fall for these tricks a well-designed email or website with a deceptively close design and Link and for anyone if they're not paying close attention if you want to see our social engineering or phishing attacks

Work then click the I in the right corner to watch a video by fusion where they explain these hacks in more detail lastly verification by using another phone is not an option for everyone since some people don't carry around our

Own two smart phones so jumping back to security keys on how about being secure hardware security keys are usually cheap so if you accidentally break or lose them they're not going to cost you a fortune to

Replace they're also really small around the same size as a regular key so you can put them on your keychain and take them with you wherever you go you only use them on your first login for new devices so you won't need them for every

Login and some keys are even waterproof since they have a steel design like some USBA models Boo Boo's eighty-five thousand employees have been using Hardware security keys for over a year now and in that time they haven't

Encountered any successful phishing attacks perhaps as a result of that Google decided to release the tightened security key for sell so far it's been marketed toward Google cloud customers

But anyone who wants to can buy the bundle for themselves though it does cost around fifty dollars which can seem a bit pricey in part that's because they sell two keys in a bundle one looks like a flash drive with NFC which is more

Ideal for a desktop while the other one is a wireless battery enable key with a micro USB port Bluetooth and NFC support that one is a better option for your smartphone or tablet the only difference between the tiny key and the right have

Security key that you can buy off Amazon is that it's Google branded there are no major software differences but if two companies were selling the same product at the same price point I would go with the brand that has a better reputation

Especially with security the only problem is everyone and their mama is trying to get one right now and the tiding key has been backordered till November you know I can't wait that long so I went with the key buy you but go

Off Amazon I bought a more expensive model for the NFC chip you can get a yubico USB a stick for just $20 and the same looking Wireless fob by phaeton for only $25 now with a security key you can join

Google's advanced protection program that's just a fancy name for a feature that will disable all your other two-factor authentication methods and make your physical security key the only second factor you can use to log into

Your Google account in other words with Google's advanced protection program you can only log into your Google account with your password and your physical security key that means no more SMS verification third-party app

Authenticators or second trusted phone verification and it will make you harder for someone to get into your account with the account recovery process so in brawling will tremendously enhance security but it will

Knowing is set up at first since every device is associated with your Google Account will be immediately logged out and Google wants to log back in on each device with your hardware key plus in the advanced protection program you

Can't use third party email as for Gmail anymore you can't use Safari as your default browser since Apple doesn't support you to F and there may be other apps or services that also don't support you to F cents it's still a fairly new

Concept and make sure you don't lose those keys or you'll have a hard time getting back into your account it's definitely not for everyone and thank goodness that it's an optional feature Google's advanced protection program is

More for high value accounts someone who may be more vulnerable to cyber attacks such as a politician celebrity or journalist for your average Joe it's not as necessary in conclusion the best way to secure accounts Google or otherwise

Is with a security key there are various ones to choose from they aren't very expensive and they're small in size to stick on your keychain definitely purchase one if you believe that you have a high value account or if

You're in a position that makes you more vulnerable to attacks or just get it if you're interested in trying out hardware two-factor authentication I'll drop a link to Google's Titan keys and a few other options from Amazon if you don't

Want to wait a whole two months for Google's version either way that's it for this video if you want to learn more about Google's tiny security key I'll drop a link to Ryan to review over Andrew police make sure to subscribe for

More awesome Android content give this video a huge thumbs up if you enjoyed and I'll see you guys in the next one

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