Yubico Releases YubiKey 5 Series Featuring FIDO2/WebAuthn Support

Of course after I buy a half-dozen YubiKey 4 keys, the company goes and releases the YubiKey 5 series with FIDO2/WebAuthn support. 🙂

Single-Factor Authentication (Passwordless) with the YubiKey 5 Series – The YubiKey 5 security keys can be used alone for strong single-factor authentication, requiring no username or password to login — just tap or touch to authenticate.

Second-Factor Authentication with the YubiKey 5 Series – Used alongside a username and password, the YubiKey 5 series offers a strong second factor of authentication. This is the YubiKey integration that exists today with services like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, and it is most familiar to our users.

Multi-Factor Authentication (Passwordless + PIN + Touch) with the YubiKey 5 Series – The YubiKey 5 series can be used in conjunction with a PIN for user verification. In this case, the PIN unlocks the device locally and touch is still required for the YubiKey to perform the authentication.

Really looking forward to seeing what the uptake is on the passwordless single-factor authentication turns out to be, especially as Google’s recently released hardware authentication key also supports it.

I had some concerns about physical security with the passwordless authorization, but it appears that users can add a pin to the authentication keys in that setup if desired.

Eight Year Old American Girl Pulls Sword from Swedish Lake

Personally, I welcome our new 8-year-old overlord.


It was initially reported that the sword was at least 1,000 years old, but the museum later contacted The Local to clarify that they believe it may be even older, estimated to date back to the 5th or 6th century AD, pre-Viking Age. The find has prompted huge interest from archaeologists and historians.

Donald Trump and the Very Very Big Brain

If you look at Mr. Pillsbury, the leading authority on China, he was on a good show, I won’t mention the name of the show, recently, and he was saying that China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain. He said Donald Trump, they don’t know what to do . . .

The DC Universe App, or Why We Pirate

In September 2018, DC Comics/Warner Bros went live with its DC Universe app/service. The app features comic books, TV shows, and movies based on DC properties. As a hardcore DC fanboy, I was more than willing to pay $7.99/month for the service.

By coincidence I was headed off for a weekend at a relative’s house who doesn’t have wi-fi or Internet. No problem–the DC Universe app will let me download TV episodes to my device so I don’t have to burn through my wireless plan in a weekend.

Except the DC Universe app has a limit of 25 total downloads per account that you can have on a device at any one time. Try to download a 26th episode and this is what the app will tell you.

DC Universe App Screenshot
DC Universe App Screenshot

Thankfully, The Pirate Bay does not have such a limitation. When will stupid content companies ever learn?