FIDO U2F Security Key
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- FIDO U2F Security Key offers strong authentication with a simple touch of a button
- Works instantly with no need to re-type passcodes -- replacing SMS texts and authenticator apps
- No client software or drivers need to be installed, no batteries, no moving parts
- Crush- and water-resistant, FIDO U2F Security Key is practically indestructible during normal use, weighs only 3g, and attaches to your keychain alongside your house and car keys
- Manufactured in USA and Sweden with high security and quality
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FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico is a USB device supporting the emerging FIDO U2F protocol. With a simple touch, the Security Key protects access to online services for everyone from individual consumers to the world’s largest organizations. FIDO U2F Security Key works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems, and on major browsers.
WHERE CAN YOU USE YOUR YUBIKEY?
Use the FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico with any services that support the emerging FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol. Log in to your Facebook, Gmail, Google, GitHub, or Dropbox accounts using the Security Key.
WHAT CAN YOUR YUBIKEY DO?
One single FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico supports an unlimited number of U2F credentials -- so you can store all of the credentials needed to secure your accounts, on one device. Hardware secure elements guard your keys.
Yubico changes the game for strong authentication, providing superior security with unmatched ease-of-use. Find out more at yubi.co.
Top Customer Reviews
Know my password (it's a pain for me to remember, imagine for them to guess?)
Have my U2F key (which is on my car keys DEEP in my pocket)
Or if not, figure out how to make a computer think a U2F key is plugged in (not easy or likely)
And even if they DO fool Google and the computer into thinking the key is inserted, you have to physically touch the key to activate it.
Layers upon layers of security, and since the key can be associated with more than one service at the same time, it's an all-in-one authentication device that I hope more companies start using.
Attached is a picture of the Key, with a quarter for size reference.
Looks like this supports multiple Google / Google Apps accounts! Just be sure you've selected the right account on the "Manage Security Keys" page.
U2F is an open standard but the main sites implementing this are Google (all their employees receive two of these when they join and all their services can use these), Dropbox, and Github. Hopefully more will follow. Your web browser needs to have U2F support to facilitate the transaction - Google Chrome has support, other browsers do not as I write this.
Using security keys is insanely simple. To register the key with the site you enable it in the account security settings then insert the key and press the blue light when prompted. After the key is registered, you can log into the site by entering your user name, password, and inserting the key and pressing the blue light when prompted. Google in particular will remember that you authenticated with the key and will not prompt you for it again for several months or until your clear cookies.
One key can be used with multiple accounts at multiple sites. Multiple keys can be used at the same site. There are no serial numbers so your access at various sites can not be tracked by the key.
If you lose or damage the key, or log into a site without Google Chrome, you can still log in with other 2nd factors such as Google Authenticator or printed codes.
The key arrives with absolutely minimal packaging and no instructions - there is plenty of help on Google's site though. I was disappointed that I scratched min while putting it on my keyring, but it is solidly constructed and survives life in my pants pocket with my house keys well. If it ever gets dirty you can clean the contacts by gently rubbing an unused pencil eraser against them.
If you want it to work for something other than your google account you are barking up the wrong tree, at least until more companies support this thing. Try heckling various companies on Twitter until they add support for it.
The actual physical design of this key is really cool. Its tiny tiny tiny, it only weights 3 grams. Its about as thick as a quarter, much thinner than a standard USB flash drive. The keyhole appears to be reinforced with a brass ring. The button on it is not actually a button, but a capacitative sensor like a touch screen. Because of this you don't have to worry about supporting the back of this thing with a finger so you can press the button without tearing your usb drive out of its socket from the leverage. I would very much like to see a inside-the-usb-slot version of this that doesn't cost 50 dollars.
For the last several years running yubico has been offering a 2-for-1 deal on black friday, free shipping. You might want to wait for that, unless you really need extra security right this second. I wish these things didn't cost so much. There is no way in heck this thing cost 18 dollars to manufacture. Probably not even 1 dollar. I understand they need to keep the lights on, but maybe they could get subsidized by google or the government or something. The cheaper they make these things the faster it will catch on and the more of them they will sell. They need to be having big bins of these in the IT office for anyone to grab a handful, like they do with condoms in a highschool nurse's office.
Also you will notice that all the bad reviews are either mad that FIDO U2F is not supported by their particular service, which is not yubikeys fault, or they cant figure out how to set it up because they don't understand computers.