The new Titan Security Key is a clever way to protect yourself in the unfortunate situation where your gmail password has been compromised.
Simply put, the key is required to sign into your Google account. Imagine for example your password is, well “password”. Some under-achieving hacker might figure that out and gain access to your email, calendar and G-drive. That would suck because Mr. Hacky would then use that account to reset the passwords to your other important accounts, like your bank or Netflix. Well, Mr. Hacky’s plans to watch Bandersnatch on your dime will have been thwarted because he does not possess your physical key.
The general idea is to protect your information using a simple security concept known as Multi-factor authentication or MFA. All this means is that your computer knows it’s really you because of “something you have”, your key plus “something you know” such as a password. Similar to an ATM where you need a PIN and a bank card.
Not every gmail account has this magic sauce, you’ll have to turn it on. It’s called the Advanced Protection Program. It’s free.
A statement of caution. Should you lose or damage both Titan Security Keys you are screwed. I’ve heard horror stories about it taking months to restore access to the Google account. You’ll have to submit DNA samples and endure a body cavity search. Okay, maybe not that extreme but it will not be a pleasant experience because you will be presumed guilty until proven innocent.
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Enter The PIN before inserting the USB into its slot. Do not enter the PIN while the Keypad Encrypted USB is connected.
Close all applications before hibernating, suspending, logging off or ejecting the USB device. This is an important step especially if you are using a software cryptocurrency wallet, KeePass or Key Quest Vault.
Make sure your are not being watched or recorded by a surveillance camera. Be aware of your surroundings and look behind you.
Do not plug the USB into a suspicious computer. Avoid using a computer that may be infected with Spyware. If you must use an unknown computer, boot from a Trusted Operating System, and use the Virtual Keyboard to enter passwords.
Do not use a found USB device. If a USB drive magically appears do not plug it into any computer. Curiosity killed that particular cat. Be cautious if your USB drive was out of your possession for any period of time.