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April 21, 2015

Google is bringing Security Keys to Google Drive for Work users

by John_A

For folks who are looking for a more intense security platform for their Google accounts (even more so than 2-factor authentication), Google has created a way to help keep your personal information away from thieves. It’s called Security Key, and it’s basically a physical USB key that instantly verifies your credentials without the need to input a passcode on your account.

We first heard about Google’s Security Key initiative back in October, and it looks like product will begin rolling out to more users over the next few weeks. Google has just announced that Google Drive for Work administrators will be able to deploy, monitor and manage the Security Key tool in their Admin console without installing any additional software.

Google explains:

IT admins will see where and when employees last used their keys with usage tracking and reports. If Security Keys are lost, admins can easily revoke access to those keys and provide backup codes so employees can still sign-in and get work done.

Administrators can order Security Keys from multiple online retailers or directly through manufacturers. Prices start at just $6 per key and range up to $120. Security Keys come in all different sizes, so be sure to let your Drive for Work admin know that there are many different options to choose from.



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