Google announcement reveals the new changes that feature the two major types of its custom security key hardware dubbed Titan Security Key with either USB-A and USB-C model. This lined-up change is expected to simplify the security experience with the appropriate Titan key which is available on Google’s Store.
The simplified technology built with both USB-A and USB-C allows users to sign in via their mobile devices while this key is placed at the back of the device. The new Titan Security Key is powered by Near Field Communication, NFC, which allows the key to function properly, especially when connected to a mobile device with a wider coverage — by simply tapping the back of the key.
Remember 2018 when Google debuted Titan as a defensive security key to tackle credential phishing whereby Titan protects its users directly from sharing personal information such as username and password via the internet.
Titan Security Key is designed to tackle phishing loopholes that appear to be tricky. Overtime, phishing remains the easiest way to infiltrate its target via the internet. Google built Titan to correct privacy default — specifically built to protect users on Google’s customer service.
The Search Giant also fused the Titan Security Key with an Advanced Protection Program which bolsters other automated technology installed in this device such as NFC. Google is focusing on tweaking Titan Security Key’s functionality with NFC since it is widely accepted by other tech companies.
At the time Titan Security Key was introduced, it was powered by Bluetooth technology which covers a limited range, while NFC covers more than the previous Bluetooth-like Security Key does. Several Android devices including iPhones have reportedly featured the NFC-powered technology.
Although Google intends to discontinue producing Titan Security Key with Bluetooth function, in contrast with NFC capabilities. Still, existing users with Google’s Titan Security Key that depends on Bluetooth coverage will be able to access Titan’s network.
Per Google’s announcement, the previous Bluetooth-powered Titan Security Key will function like it is NFC supported when it is used with modern smartphones and other newly developed devices.
It is worth noting that the previous Titan Security Key model powered by Bluetooth connectivity will continue to function under the terms of Bluetooth technology. “All Titan Security Keys are built with a hardware secure element chip that includes firmware engineered by Google to verify the key’s integrity,” per Google’s blog post.
It is also worth noting the difference between Apple’s USB-C version and Android’s USB-C — while Android USB-A also differs from Apple’s (with Lightning Adapter). “It’s recommended to get a USB-A Titan Security Key with an Apple Lightning adapter,” Techbooky writes.