Yubico's first hardware security keys to support biometric authentication.
Enlarge / You can use keys to deny passwords or as a second form of authentication. YubicoSecurity experts have always hated passwords. It can be hacked, forgotten, and sometimes guessed (looking at you, password 1). While companies like Microsoft and Google are looking to sign in without a password, Ubiko believes they have the key to keeping everything simple. The YubiKey Bio series was announced today as the company's first hardware security key to provide fingerprint registration.
The Bio Yubico Series offers biometric authentication for a range of hardware security keys. The new keys support the latest authentication standards FIDO2 / WebAuthn and U2Fopen in which Yubico participates.
Suitable for USB-C (left) or USB ports -A (right) The switches target desktop devices, which are usually stationary, and depending on which model you choose, make the switch easy on a USB Type-A or USB-C port. Slowly each key has a built-in fingerprint reader, so you can log in with your finger instead of remembering your password. The key can also act as a form of two-factor authentication.
The Bio series announced last month that you can now use Microsoft accounts without a password. In May, Google also shared its plans to hack passwords.
The Bio series switches have a three-chip architecture in which fingerprints are stored separately and securely, which Yubico claims helps provide more protection against physical attacks.
Zoom / Compatible with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux. Yubico says the new YubicoYubiKeys can show a root of trust through secure hardware in browsers, apps, desktops, and even operating systems. The switches work with WebAuthn supported operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, ChromeOS, and Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Ubiko also promises that the switches will work perfectly with the company's various operating systems such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure Directory, Citrix Workspace, Okta and Duo. Note, however, that these keys do not support NFCs for logging in by clicking a hardware key. To do this, you need to refer to the YubiKey 5 chain.
A ring over each YubiKey Bio turns it into a keychain, so you never have to leave home without it. In addition, the injection mold frame is "shatterproof" and "waterproof".
The zoom/keys should be able to handle some water. These keys don't contain drivers, batteries, or software, but you can add or remove fingerprints to your devices with Yubico, built for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The USB-C version of the YubiKey Bio is currently available for $85, while the USB-A version is available for $80.
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