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Security Keys Instead of Passwords

Encryption is of paramount importance when it comes to data security. Unfortunately, passwords like "12345678" are still common. In theory, however, they could be a thing of the past by 2018 and can be replaced with security keys, also known as Fido-Sticks. At Google, all 85,000 employees have been using a security key since 2017. As a result, no employee accounts have been hacked since then, according to Google.

When connecting to a program or service such as Outlook, Office, or the Chrome browser, the identity of the security key is stored here. Like a house key, it opens the door to related services and programs.

The only technical requirement is a USB-A connection as with most computers or a USB-C connection for newer laptops and smartphones.

While the older version of the Fido stick only acts as a second factor in addition to the password, Fido2 also allows wireless login via Bluetooth, NFC or fingerprint sensor. Both standards originate from the Fido Alliance, an alliance of well-known companies such as Google, Microsoft, Lenovo and Samsung, working together on simple and secure authentication process.

Security bars are suitable for anyone who wants to log in quickly and securely. They are of particular interest to those who often work on different computers, as they can be used on other devices without having to store their own login data. However, one weakness remains: If the bar disappears, the user locks himself out from their own services.

For David Bothe, IT security researcher from the Internet Security Institute, security keys are a model for the future due to their high level of security and will certainly be a great relief for many users.< /span>