Google is discontinuing the Titan Bluetooth security key to focus on security keys with near field communication (NFC) functionality.
As part of this move, Google has also announced a new Titan security key with USB-C and NFC to accompany the previously available USB-A + NFC security key.
They work with the most popular devices, browsers and a growing number of applications that come with standard FIDO support.
Only USB-A and USB-C NFC keys on sale from tomorrow
“As NFC functionality is now supported by a wide range of Android phones and iPhones, we are discontinuing the Titan Bluetooth Security Key and focusing on the easier and more widely available NFC capability.” saying Christiaan Brand, Google Cloud Product Manager.
“However, for existing users with our Titan Bluetooth security keys, they will continue to work with Bluetooth and will continue to function as an NFC key on most modern mobile devices.”
The company will also continue to service existing Titan Bluetooth security keys until they are out of warranty.
As of August 10, Google wants only offer the USB-A and a USB-C NFC version of Titan Security Keys, with the USB-A (which also comes with the USB-A to USB-C adapter) to sell for $ 30 and the USB-C + NFC key for be priced at $ 35.
Customers can follow this simple guide to purchase a Titan security key for their device:
- If you have a computer with USB-A ports, we recommend that you obtain the USB-A + NFC security key
- If you have a computer with USB-C ports, we recommend that you obtain the USB-C + NFC security key
- If you have an iPad with a USB-C connector, you can use the Titan USB-C Security Key.
- If you have an iPad with a Lightning connector, it is recommended to obtain a Titan USB-A security key with an Apple Lightning adapter
Work with Google’s Advanced Protection Program
“Paired with our Advanced protection program and its industry-leading automatic protections, the Titan security key remains one of the best ways to keep your Google account safe, “said Brand.
APP allows high-risk or regular users to defend their accounts from state-sponsored spear-phishing attempts with a more secure login procedure that requires them to use security keys or smartphones to verify their identity.
Google advises anyone at risk of targeted online attacks, including but not limited to business leaders, journalists, activists, and IT administrators, to sign up for Advanced Protection as the most accessible defense against account hijacking attempts with the help of additional identity verifications.
Advanced Protection applies all of the following protections at once, automatically overriding similar and manually configured settings:
- Strong authentication with security keys
- Use of security codes with security keys (as required)
- Restrictions on third party access to account data
- Deep Gmail analysis
- Google Safe Browsing Protection in Chrome (when users sign in to Chrome with the same identity as their Advanced Protection Program identity)
- Account recovery through administrator
Google provides more information on how security keys can help protect against phishing attacks on the Titan Security Key Product Page.