One of Our Favorite Keys 🔐 YubiKey 2FA Security Key
Posted by DAVID COOPER
At Keyport, we talk A LOT about security - from security for your keys to your personal security to protecting your information in an increasingly vulnerable digital world. Here are just a few recent examples:
- Protect Your Keys from Spies and Thieves
- Silent Pocket RFID Shielding Faraday Bags & Wallets
- OmniFob Security Is Paramount
- Recap of DEFCON 26
At Keyport, we know A LOT about keys including high security keys like Abloy, Medeco, Mul-T-Lock, Schlage Primus, Evva, BiLock and more, but it doesn't stop there. Our knowledge extends beyond the physical to the digital with 2FA (two-factor authentication) security keys.
What is YubiKey?
One of our favorite digital security measures comes from our friends at Yubico, creators of the world renowned, YubiKey. Yubico's mission is to make secure login easy and available for everyone. YubiKey, which is short for ubiquitous key, is a security key that provides multi-factor authentication to protect your digital world - from software to websites to SMS to mobile apps. Several YubiKeys also happen to be Keyport Pivot compatible.
Benefits of a YubiKey include the following:
All-in-One Configurable Security Key - YubiKey is multi-protocol - FIDO2 / WebAuthn, U2F, Smart Card, OpenPGP, OTP - and protects access to computers, networks, and online services with a single touch.
Quicker & Easier than Authenticator Apps - No more opening your smartphone or typing in passcodes. Just plug in your YubiKey and tap it.
Works with Hundreds of Services - YubiKey works with Windows and Mac logins, Gmail, Dropbox, Facebook, Salesforce, several of the top password managers, and many more.
YubiKey makes your digital world more secure through multi-factor authentication and easier to use at the same time.
What Use Cases Are There for YubiKey?
There are a wide range of use cases for integrating a YubiKey into your digital security.
- Go passwordless
- Stop account takeovers
- Protect your Microsoft ecosystem
- Digital security compliance
- Authenticate in mobile restricted environments
- Enable secure privileged access management
- Protect remote workers
How Does YubiKey Work?
Using YubiKey is simple. Just register your YubiKey online, insert your YubiKey and tap it, or in the case of the NFC YubiKey, just tap it on any NFC-enabled smart phone to authenticate.
Types of YubiKeys
Yubico offers a choice of keys to meet your needs, depending on what type of computer or mobile device you are using, and what online accounts you want to protect. For more information, you can compare them here.
Keyport Pivot Compatible YubiKeys
There are several Keyport Pivot compatible YubiKeys. They include the following:
- Security Key NFC
- YubiKey 5 NFC
- YubiKey 5C NFC
- YubiKey FIPS
- YubiKey C FIPS
- YubiKey 5Ci
- YubiKey 5C
- The Pivot replaces your bulky, jingly keychain, adding utility, convenience, and style
- The Pivot protects your YubiKey from taking a beating in your pocket
- The Pivot includes KeyportID, an exclusive lost & found service to help you recover it and your YubiKey if it is ever lost.
Similar to Keyport's Faceplates, you can even add some personal style to your YubiKey with a YubiStyle Cover - https://www.yubico.com/product/yubistyle-covers/.
So, if your company isn't already using a YubiKey (for example, All Google employees are required to use one), upgrade your digital security now with a YubiKey. And if you are not carrying the ultimate keychain alternative, make sure to elevate your everyday carry with a Keyport Pivot and carry your YubiKey like a DEF CON Black Badge Hall of Famer.
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