Titan Security Keys make your online accounts as safe as they can be

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There are two Titan Security Keys, one Bluetooth and the other USB.
There are two Titan Security Keys, one for your iPhone or iPad, the other for your Mac.
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Google just began offering its Titan Security Keys. These can be used as part of two-factor authentication to secure a range of online accounts and cloud storage services.

A Titan key is a small USB or wireless device that provides a digital signature. Without the key’s two-factor authentication, the account cannot be accessed, even with the password.

How to bag a free Fortnite emote and stop hackers

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Everyone should be using 2FA to protect their Fortnite account.
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Epic Games is giving Fortnite players even more of a reason to enable two-factor authentication by offering up a free emote. It won’t take you long to claim yours, and it’s the easiest way to prevent hackers from stealing your account.

Facebook two-factor authentication no longer needs a phone number

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You can now make Facebook more secure without handing over your number.
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You can now secure your Facebook account with two-factor authentication without handing over your phone number.

The social network now works alongside apps like Google Authenticator, Duo Security, and more. Its setup process has also been refined to make bolstering security a simpler experience.

Two-factor authentication required for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

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Apple will automatically migrate iCloud users to two-step verification when they upgrade to iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra.

Apple says its “most advanced” account security is required to use some of the latest features of its operating systems, so it’s no longer optional if you plan on updating your devices.

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Everything that’s new in iOS 8.3

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Your iPhone is about to get some new features. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s release notes for the first iOS 8.3 beta don’t mention any new features, but we’ve combed through the just-released update to discover a number of goodies.

iOS 8.3 won’t overwhelm you with new features, but if you love CarPlay, emojis and Apple Pay, you’ll enjoy a couple surprises.

Here’s everything that’s new in iOS 8.3:

Will Dropbox’s New Security Measures Kill Or Limit Functionality In iOS Apps?

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Responding to a security breach, Dropbox plans new security tools, but they might be too burdensome for iPhone and iPad users.
Responding to a security breach, Dropbox plans new security tools, but they might be too burdensome for iPhone and iPad users.

In the aftermath of a data breach that it announced this week, Dropbox says that it will begin implementing new security measures. Those measures include new automated techniques for spotting suspicious behavior, a page where you can examine all active logins to your account, password update requirements, and two-factor authentication.

All of those are reasonable steps to take. That Dropbox hasn’t implemented most of those items before is a bit surprising. Only one of those items – two factor authentication – really puts a burden onto Dropbox users, but it could put a very big burden on iOS users and app developers.