USB security key

If you forget to carry your phone with you or if you’re in an area where the signal is weak, consider using a security key for 2-Step Verification. After setting it up, you simply insert the security key into your computer’s USB port when asked.

What is it?

Go to Using Security Key for 2-Step Verification to learn more about setting one up in Chrome.

Where can I get one?

Some security keys only work with one application; however, the FIDO U2F security key works with multiple applications, including Google and Box. Go to Amazon to learn how you can purchase the FIDO U2F security key.

How do I set it up?

Before using your security key, you need to register it to your account so that you can use it to sign in on any computer. To set up a security key, you’ll need a computer running Google Chrome version 40 or newer.


Go to Add a Security Key to your Google Account for step-by-step instructions on how to do this in Google.

Box (Duo)

Go to Adding a new device for instructions on how to do this in Box (Duo).

What if I don’t have it with me or I misplace it?

While most people carry the security key with them on their keychain or in their wallet, there’s always the possibility of forgetting it at home or misplacing it. Go to Google’s Common questions about Security Key for answers to this and other questions.
Updated: 1/19/2017