We鈥檙e all familiar with聽two-step verification, yes? The authentication process where you use your regular login and password to access your email or computer, as well as a special unique code sent to your smartphone? Well, the latest tech from Google works on the principle of two-step verification, except the second part is all physical. We鈥檙e talking about a聽physical聽Security Key, and it could mean big changes on the horizon for聽tech protection.

The Security Key is a small USB key that folks will have to plug into their computer before logging on with their password and username. And with passwords and accounts being hacked more often than we鈥檇 like to admit, not only Google, but big players like Apple also think that password keys are the way of the future. That is, if they can get users to commit to carrying them around.

If you鈥檙e the type of person who is always聽losing your keys聽and gadgets, this probably doesn鈥檛 sound like great news. Don鈥檛 worry your pretty little head. If (ahem,聽when) you lose the聽precious USB,聽you can still log in using the traditional two-step verification. The tiny devices only cost about $10, so you鈥檒l be able to buy and program a new one when you need it.

We don鈥檛 know about you guys, but when Apple and Google say THIS IS happening, we鈥檙e curious to see how users will respond. Will this be something we鈥檒l all be willing to carry around on the regular? If so, the design better be aces. We鈥檙e thinking good-looking key chain.

But what do you think? Would you use this smart key? Tell us in the comments below!

(h/t Motherboard)