Today at the Next conference, Google announced a new product called the Titan Security Key, currently available to Cloud customers and scheduled for general sale in the coming months. The key is used to authenticate logins over Bluetooth and USB, similar to existing offerings from Yubico and other providers. A Google representative said the Titan key also includes special firmware developed by Google to verify its authenticity.
Google announces its own security key for stronger logins
2018-07-25 Google 6 Comments
How long does it take before someone writes “this is another device that can be used for tracking” in an article. Let’s see
This is a good move from Google, but I’m curious as to what the benefit will be over the many existing FIDO alternatives out there, like Yubikeys. The article makes the nebulous claim of there being “special firmware developed by Google to verify its authenticity”, but the FIDO specification already requires cryptographic verification that the hardware is genuine, so I wonder what this will be.