Tech Day: Updates Related to Google Titan Security Key, Norton LifeLock & Avast, and SafeGraph
:::Google has re-worked Titan Security Key to making it much better.
The new Google Titan Security Key will come with the Advanced Protection Program of Google. It will now sport two different types of USB ports. One model will have USB Type-A while the other model will have a USB Type-C port. The adoption of USB Type-C on a wide scale will keep the doors open for the second model as compared to the first model. Another form of connection that will be available in Google Titan Security Key is NFC. It stands for Near-Field Communication and the feature allows the users to connect the device to almost every other mobile device. Google Titan Security Key will be compatible with Android and iOS. The basic requirement in terms of Android would be to have Android 5 or a higher version and in terms of iOS would be to have iOS 13.3 or higher. The device would also be compatible with the latest version of one of your favorite browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. Google Titan Security Key would be available for purchase on the online store of Google. The price for Google Titan Security Key USB Type-A with NFC Security Key is expected to be around ₹2,200/-. The price for Google Titan Security Key USB Type-C with NFC Security Key is expected to be around ₹2,600/-.
:::A new cybersecurity empire is on its way as Norton LifeLock and Avast are planning to join their hands.
The new company that will be formed after the merger of Norton LifeLock and Avast will serve 500 million users across the globe. The number includes direct customers as well who account for 40 million out of the said number. Post-merger, the shareholders of Avast will receive a mix of cash consideration and newly-issued shares in the new company. Vincent Pilette, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norton LifeLock, expressed his excitement by saying that the merger would enable them to achieve the vision of protecting and empowering people to live their digital lives safely. The new cybersecurity company is estimated to be worth at least $8 billion after the merger.
:::SafeGraph, a start-up founded by Auren Hoffman and Brent Perez, has got banned by Google.
As per the reports made public by Motherboard, SafeGraph sold the data of Android users to other companies including the New York Times and Centers for Disease Control, to name a few. The data reportedly is related to the location of its users. It was recorded by the start-up for the mapping of COVID-19. Google, in its defense, released a statement saying that the location data of a user reveals a lot about him/her. The users often allow apps to access their location without any knowledge about how the data can be used. Google has previously banned X-Mode Social for allegedly working with the Army of the United States of America.
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