Google Made Its Employees Impenetrable To Phishing Utilizing USB Security Keys
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Google Made Its Employees Impenetrable To Phishing Utilizing USB Security Keys

The organization disclosed to KrebsOnSecurity that none of its 85,000 employees have fallen prey to phishing assaults on their business related accounts since early 2017, when Google started requiring its employees to utilize security keys rather than passwords and one-time codes for get to approval to different business related sites and applications. As indicated by a Google spokesperson:

“We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google. Users might be asked to authenticate using their security key for many different apps/reasons. It all depends on the sensitivity of the app and the risk of the user at that point in time.”

A security key is basically only a USB thumb drive that stores a user’s login credentials and verifies them. They can be utilized as a part of lieu of a conventional secret key or two-factor confirmation strategies. As KrebsOnSecurity clarifies:

“In contrast, a Security Key implements a form of multi-factor authentication known as Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), which allows the user to complete the login process simply by inserting the USB device and pressing a button on the device. The key works without the need for any special software drivers.

Once a device is enrolled for a specific Web site that supports Security Keys, the user no longer needs to enter their password at that site (unless they try to access the same account from a different device, in which case it will ask the user to insert their key).”

As it were, regardless of whether a hacker has acquired a Google employee’s username and password, despite everything he wouldn’t have the capacity to get to that worker’s information on the grounds that a login would likewise require the physical USB security key.

Security keys aren’t simply constrained to enormous corporations. A lot of sellers make shopper level security keys you can utilize in the event that you need to include an additional layer of protection to your PC or the sites you sign in to. As of now, the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browsers bolster security keys, and Microsoft is relied upon to support them in its Edge browser in the not so distant future.

Source: fastcompany

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