Security Keys effectively eliminate phishing

Google has successfully implemented an anti-phishing program using Security Keys, inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires the user to log in to a Web site using something they know (the password) and something they have (e.g., a mobile device). According to an article in Krebs on Security, […]

Google has successfully implemented an anti-phishing program using Security Keys, inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires the user to log in to a Web site using something they know (the password) and something they have (e.g., a mobile device).

According to an article in Krebs on Security, “Google┬áhas not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in place of passwords and one-time codes.”

Krebs explains, “The basic idea behind two-factor authentication is that even if thieves manage to phish or steal your password, they still cannot log in to your account unless they also hack or possess that second factor.”

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