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Google's most secure login system now works on Firefox and Edge, too

Better hardware security key support means our post-password future is one step closer to reality.

 
Yubico's hardware security keys support let you log on without a password on sites, apps and devices that support the FIDO2 authentication technology.

Yubico's hardware security keys let you log on without a password on sites, apps and devices that support the FIDO2 authentication technology.

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Google has updated its support for hardware security keys so you no longer need to rely on its Chrome browser to log into websites like Gmail, YouTube and G Suite.

 

Hardware security keys, small devices that connect to devices wirelessly or with USB, offer better logon security than passwords alone or passwords combined with short-lived numeric codes sent to your phone. But until now, Google's support was limited to an earlier standard called U2F that came with a lot of confines. But now Google updated its login with the newer, broader standard of FIDO2 and its incarnation for websites, WebAuthn.

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