Security Keys Can Keep Your Private Data Safe Better Than Any Other Method

Over the past decade, there has been a massive surge of various social networks, cloud services, online gaming platforms, and other services that require from users to set up an account. Today we have accouns for everything, leading to frequent data breaches making our personal data extremely endangered. Almost all of us had to change passwords for at least a couple of services we use because hackers managed to breach security walls and get their hands on a sensitive personal and financial information from users.

And that’s just the start. The past couple of years saw a noticeable rise of malware, especially malware made for mobile apps. Google Play store regularly bans apps that steal data from users; the web is full of sites with numerous threats such as shady adverts, an incredible amount of false offers, and other types of means to steal user data. We got security mechanics that should keep out info safe, like two-step verification process. But, the risk is still there.

One technology could keep our passwords safe. Security keys, which can be plugged into any standard USP port, are one of the safest forms of authentication protection we have today. They are based on Universal Second Factor, an open standard that’s easy to implement into almost any hardware and most sites. Further, Security Keys are easy for regular users to use. All you have to do is to plug a Security Key, and it will provide you with a “cryptographic assertion” that’s next to impossible to breach by hackers. Some of the large companies already equipped their platforms with “cryptographic assertion” standard; Dropbox, Google, and GitHub are all updated their platforms with the support for the standard.

And Security Keys are already declared as the best choice for two-form authentication. For instance, security architects from Google stated that the standard is easy to use, it provides high security and is doesn’t include privacy related trade-offs most other two-factor authentication platforms have. In a recently published report, Google security engineers wrote: “We have shipped support for Security Keys in the Chrome browser, have deployed it within Google’s internal sign-in system, and have enabled Security Keys as an available second factor in Google’s Web services. In this work, we demonstrate that Security Keys lead to both an increased level of security and user satisfaction as well as cheaper support cost.”

Two-factor security platforms mostly rely on smartphones, and they can be hacked via mobile malware, can run out of power, can lose Wi-Fi signal. Smartcards require a special hardware and the installation of driver software on any computer using them. TLS certificates are highly secure, but not as user-friendly as Security Keys.

On the other side of the line are Security Keys. Easy to use, easy to implement, cheap (they sport a price as low as $10), are very small, don’t require a source of power to work, and can fit into any USB port.

The time has come when data from any user can be stolen. No matter if it is your email account, your Steam account, or just plain ol’ Facebook login details, no one is safe. Security Keys provide a security armor that’s practically unbreachable, and maybe it’s time for all of us to get one. You never know.

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