Thursday, November 24, 2016

2-step verifications can now use thumb drives as security keys


Google is recommending that users of Google accounts on true laptops or desktops with USB ports, now consider getting security key thumb drives for use in 2-step verification of their Google accounts, rather than use pin codes by smartphone or pre-print.  They also recommend financial institutions offer similar products, which can work with Google Chrome.  The writeup is here.
   
Although the 2-step process now available pretty much stops password cracking, it’s possible for a hacker to entice a user with a duplicate built to look exactly like the original (and presumably use phishing to entice clicks, or misspellings, that today lock up browsers with scare ware.

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