How Secure Are API Keys?

Security of API keys

API keys are generally not considered secure; they are typically accessible to clients, making it easy for someone to steal an API key.

Once the key is stolen, it has no expiration, so it may be used indefinitely, unless the project owner revokes or regenerates the key.

Should API keys be encrypted?

Yes, you should absolutely hash your API keys.

In effect, they are your passwords and should be treated as such. And note that’s hashed – not encrypted. You never need to decrypt the API keys, hence you should not be able to.

How secure is Google API key?

Follow these steps to restrict an API key.

  • Visit the credentials panel.
  • Select the API key that you want to set a restriction on.
  • Under Key restrictions, select API restrictions.
  • In the API restrictions list, select the API or SDK you want your application to access using the API key.

Are API keys free?

When you get your Google Maps API key, you can set your daily quota for queries in the Google API console. Google Maps web APIs have 25,000 free requests per day, which means the service stays free during the day until you reach this number.

Do API keys expire?

Starting today, existing API keys that are used at least once each year will never expire. We will expire all API keys that have been unused for a year immediately.