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September 19, 2013

Google is testing NFC security tokens

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Security is an ever increasing worry these days whether on your PC, Laptop and now any mobile device. Let’s face it passwords are a pain in the preverbal ass, even locking your phone is a pain. So when looking at Apple’s implementation of the fingerprint scanner, you can see along with other manufacturers, security is becoming a big deal, as pressure from governments around the world mounts even more on them. Google, however looks like it might be heading in a completely different direction. As you know Google has embraced Near Field Communications (NFC) for a few years now, while Apple doesn’t even talk about it.
Google-NFC

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is testing an NFC security token. Hardware tokens aren’t anything new. Most traditional versions generate random numeric passwords, but the user has to retype them each time they want to login. This form, created by Yubico, Inc., could work by simply touching it to your Android phone or tablet using NFC or it could also be used as a USB plugin on your desktop or laptop. Google would use this token to log into Gmail and other Google services. I should note that Yubico already offers the YubiKey (pictured above) and can be used just like what I described. It can actually be used with Gmail’s 2 step verification. How Google will change it, remains to be seen, but WSJ says Google“plans to offer to consumers” next year.

Google employees  are testing it out now for a possible 2014 release. Director of security engineering at Google Mayank Upadhyay said, “We believe that by using this token we’ve raised the standard of security for our employees beyond what was commercially available. The token works with Google’s Web browser Chrome, and works very seamlessly for people in their day-to-day workflow here at Google.”

Below you can view the Yubico video which shows you how the YubiKey – Your Ubiquitous Key works


Source: Wall Street Journal 

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini