Using two-factor authentication via your phone helps protect your online accounts, but having to type in an authorisation code as well as a password can feel like a hassle. Google is introducing a new hardware key that lets you log into Google via Chrome and then authenticate yourself by clicking on the key — no code required.
Google says the keys will be relatively cheap — around $US6 each — and available from multiple manufacturers. It has been testing the service with multiple customers, including Australia’s Woolworths (which was also an early tester for the Chromebox).
It will be a while before consumers can use this — Google says the ability to require authentication via the key will be added to Google Drive For Work in the coming weeks, but hasn’t announced broader availability plans. Nonetheless, it’s a welcome alternative approach.
The Key for working smarter, faster and more securely [Official Google For Work Blog]