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.

Yubikey 4C Nano

I have Yubico’s FIDO key enabled on all the accounts I have that utilize it. I have two primary laptops I use most days, and I bought Yubikey 4 Nano keys for both of those.

But I ran into a bit of a problem when I decided to add a Chromebook as a secure, ultraportable device. I ended up buying an ASUS Chromebook that only had USB-C ports.

Fortunately, Yubikcorecently released a USB-C version of the Yubikey 4 Nano. It’s a bit expensive at $60, but it has a very low profile on the Chromebook and works without any issues.

Yubikey 4C Nano

Yubikey 4C Nano

Yubikey 4C Nano
Yubikey 4C Nano