Google sells Titan security keys for users who need stronger account protection — and in the future, buying and using these hardware keys just got easier. Google has announced some changes that it says will simplify the experience of selecting and using the safety keys. The changes will go live tomorrow, August 10.
What’s a Titan security key? So put, it’s a little key-like hardware device that forestalls others who don’t possess the key from accessing your Google account. These keys sell for $25 each, and, starting tomorrow, they’re going to be offered in just two varieties: one with USB-A connectivity and one with USB-C connectivity.
According to Google, both versions of the Titan security key feature built-in NFC, meaning that for several devices, it are often employed by simply tapping it to the rear of the gadget instead of plugging it in. With this alteration, Google notes that it’ll discontinue its Bluetooth-based Titan security key.
If you already own a Bluetooth Titan security key, don’t worry; Google will still support this model, including honouring their warranties. As you’d expect, these security keys work with Windows, macOS, Android phones, iPhones, and tablets, including the iPad.
Using the keys is straightforward. Google says that if your computer only has USB-A ports, you should get the USB-A version of the new Titan security key. Likewise, if your computer features a USB-C port, you ought to get that version of the key. Many modern devices, including some newer iPad models, have USB-C connectors, suggesting you’ll use this same key.
Suppose you own an iPad model that also features a Lightning connector. In that case, however, you’ll get to get Apple’s Lightning adapter and use it with the USB-A Titan security key for the additional layer of security. The new NFC Titan security keys will be available through the Google Store starting tomorrow — and they’ll include a small increase to $30 for the USB-A NFC Titan key (including a USB-C adapter) and $35 for the USB-C NFC Titan key.