Data Security Tips
Even when you have a strong passwords on your computer it can be hacked, thats why Google wants to have their users to adopt two-step authentication.A new USB drive makes it easier for users to secure their data.
Google just made safe computing a little easier.
The company said on Tuesday that it supports USB drives built on an increasingly popular software standard that makes two-factor authentication a lot less cumbersome.
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With two- factor authentication, users combine something they know — such as a password or personal identification number — with something they have — such as a phone or fingerprint. The combination makes it harder for hackers to access websites even if they manage to guess users’ IDs and passwords. Currently, anyone setting up Google’s two-factor authentication must enter a six-digit confirmation code sent to their phone before they can sign in from a new device. Inserting a Security Key USB drive ahead of time eliminates having to type in those codes.
The specialized drive, built on the Security Key standard, will also prevent users from accidentally logging into fake Google sites, according to Nishit Shah, product manager of Google Security. “When you sign into your Google Account using Chrome and Security Key, you can be sure that the cryptographic signature cannot be phished,” he wrote in a blog post.
Source: Seth Rosenblatt
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