The Google Titan Security Key is launching a new version with USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectivity. Both of these security keys gain a Near Field Communication (NFC) connection, which Google claims will enable them to connect to “most mobile devices.” Previous Titan security keys with USB Type-C ports did not support NFC connections. The Titan Security Key was first introduced in 2018 to help users defend against phishing attacks and provide external two-factor authentication (2FA) for various online accounts.
Google Titan security key price
Google’s Titan Security Key will be purchased from Google’s online store starting today (August 10). The price of the USB Type-A + NFC security key is US$30 (approximately Rs 2,200), and the price of the USB Type-C + NFC security key is US$35 (approximately Rs 2,600). The new security key was announced via an article on the Google Security Blog.
It is worth mentioning that the current retail price of a USB Type-A security key that supports NFC is US$25 (approximately Rs 1,900). The current USB Type-C security key does not support NFC, and the retail price is US$40 (approximately Rs 3,000).
Google Titan security key function
The updated Titan security key now has NFC functionality on both of its variants, making it easier for customers to choose the security key that best meets their needs. Google mentioned, “Since all Android phones and iPhone models now support NFC, we will stop using the Bluetooth Titan security key and focus on easier and more widely available NFC functions.”
However, it is worth mentioning that Google will honor the applicable guarantee of its Bluetooth Titan security key launched in 2018, and will continue to work with Bluetooth and NFC compatible devices. It is also worth mentioning that Google mentioned that users of iPad models with lighting ports should get a USB Type-A + NFC security key with a lighting port adapter.
The Titan Security Key comes with Google’s Advanced Protection Program, designed to provide additional security for users whose accounts may be compromised. The Google Titan security key can protect the user’s Google account and third-party applications and services that support the FIDO standard.
According to Google’s Titan support page, these security keys support Android smartphones with Android 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of Google Play services. iPhone and iPad models require iOS 13.3 or later to be compatible with Titan security keys. For the security key to work on a computer, a compatible USB port and the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers that support W3C network authentication are required.