Google has already been pretty great about supporting two-factor authentication. Now, the company is adding another option: authentication with a secure USB key.
The new method will work based on the U2F (or Universal 2nd Factor) protocol. Supported sites and keys can be used in place of the codes you typically receive sent to your phone. Instead, you’ll use a secure USB key (like the Yubikey NEO) to provide the second factor. This is along the same line as the system we’ve shown you how to build with LastPass.
Today we’re adding even stronger protection for particularly security-sensitive individuals. Security Key is a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website, not a fake site pretending to be Google. Rather than typing a code, just insert Security Key into your computer’s USB port and tap it when prompted in Chrome. When you sign into your Google Account using Chrome and Security Key, you can be sure that the cryptographic signature cannot be phished…. READ MORE….
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