Enabling Google 2 Step Verification with a MIRkey security key

Last updated April 12, 2019

From a security perspective, using a security key rather than a TOTP code generated by an Authenticator App (aka “2FA”) is a step up. While a TOTP code may be intercepted as part of a phishing attack, this is not possible with a security key

In this how-to we will show you how to enable the MIRkey security key as a second factor (or a second step in Google terms)

Compared to enabling an Authenticator App as explained in this post, enabling the MIRkey security key as a second step does not require the installation of extra software - you just need a supported browser. Currently this is an up to date Chrome or Firefox browser (Apple’s Safari browser is about to be updated with support for security keys). Using a security key is also a better user experience - just plugin the key and press the button when prompted.

Watch the video or follow the instructions below.

  1. Open your Google account, navigate to the “Security” tab and click on 2-Step Verification.

    Google security key select

    Click on “ADD SECURITY KEY” in the Security Key section

  2. Keep your MIRkey close by, but not plugged in yet.

    Google grab security key

    Click “NEXT” when ready.

  3. Follow the instructions below

    Google register security key

    Plug in the MIRkey, press the button, and click “NEXT”.

  4. Your key is now registered

    Google security key registered

    Give it a descriptive name and Click “DONE”.

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