Google has just updated its Titan range of second authentication keys (2FA). A new model arrives, featuring a USB-C connector and NFC support. For Google, this is an opportunity to simplify its security keys by abandoning the Titan Bluetooth to turn exclusively to NFC technology.
A new USB-C key
As a reminder, these Google keys serve as a second identifier after the password to verify its identity within the online services (if they are compatible). When logging in to access their account, they must connect the key to their smartphone, computer, or tablet. If the equipment is not detected, access will be denied, limiting the risk of hacking.
The firm now intends to offer two options: the first key has a USB-A connector, the second has a USB-C connector. What changes is that they both benefit from NFC technology to connect to mobile devices.
This allows Google to do a little housekeeping in its Titan security-critical range, abandoning the Bluetooth model. It will no longer be marketed but will still work. The reason for this change is that since most Android and iPhone smartphones have the NFC function, Bluetooth support has become relatively excessive in the eyes of the tech giant.
If you have an iPad with a USB-C connector, you can use the Titan USB-C security key. For an iPad with a Lightning connector, it is recommended to use a Titan USB-A security key with an Apple Lightning adapter.
Habits do not change
Google specifies that people who already own an old Titan key with Bluetooth technology will usually continue to use their product. Existing device warranties will continue to be honored by Google.
In the United States, prices between the two models of security keys differ by Ksh 545.80. The tariffs have been standardized for the USB-A/NFC and USB-C/NFC models in Kenya, at KSH 4,475 per unit. Both models have been available for purchase since yesterday(August 10)