Google Titan Security Key stores up to 250 passkeys on USB stick with NFC chip
Google is taking the next step towards a password-free future with the Titan Security Key, which can authenticate login processes using passkeys stored on it by simply plugging it into the USB port of a computer or connecting it wirelessly to a smartphone via NFC.
Passkeys are intended to replace passwords and are not only much more secure, but also more convenient. Anyone who already uses passkeys can use devices such as their own smartphone to authenticate login processes instead of typing in a password. The new Google Titan Security Key now offers another way to authorize passkeys.
The USB stick, which is available with either USB-C or USB-A, can store up to 250 passkeys. The way it works couldn't be simpler - anyone logging into an account can simply insert the Titan Security Key into a USB port on the computer to facilitate the login process without a password, smartphone or internet. This is practical when traveling, for example, if your smartphone does not have a reliable internet connection to receive passkey login requests.
An integrated NFC chip also allows the Titan Security Key to be utilized for the contactless authentication of login processes on smartphones. Google uses the open FIDO standard, so the security key should work regardless of the operating system used, provided the system supports passkeys.
Price and availability
The Google Titan Security Key is already listed on the Google Store, either with USB-C or USB-A, for US$30. If you want to use one key for both ports, you can use a USB-C to USB-A adapter.
Since 2009 I have written for different publications with a focus on consumer electronics. I joined the Notebookcheck news team in 2018 and have combined my many years of experience with laptops and smartphones with my lifelong passion for technology to create informative content for our readers about new developments in this sphere. In addition, my design background as an art director at an ad agency has allowed me to have deeper insights into the peculiarities of this industry.
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Growing up in regional Australia, I first became acquainted with computers in my early teens after a broken leg from a football (soccer) match temporarily condemned me to a predominately indoor lifestyle. Soon afterwards I was building my own systems. Now I live in Germany, having moved here in 2014, where I study philosophy and anthropology. I am particularly fascinated by how computer technology has fundamentally and dramatically reshaped human culture, and how it continues to do so.