Yubico

Yubico

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What is Yubico?

Swedish company Yubico offers multi-factor authentication.

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What is Yubico?

Swedish company Yubico offers multi-factor authentication.

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Score 9 out of 10
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In my relatively small office, we use Yubico Yubikeys (specifically the 5C NFC) to secure access to the computers. I personally also use mine to secure our email server, our NAS that contains client files, and to secure our network & wifi routers. I opted to start using the Yubikeys because of the increase in cyber attacks and specifically the increase in ransomware attacks. Our state bar charges us with the requirement that we maintain competency in digital security and that we take take all necessary steps to protect client data and PII (like DOB, DL numbers, complete SSN, etc.). In the past I've noticed certain staff writing down their logins on post-it notes and either sticking them on their monitor or leaving them in the top desk drawer. I decided that rather than get after my staff and then try to monitor compliance, the Yubikeys were the way to go. Now even if they do leave their logins on a post-it note, no one will be able to access their computers without the physical key present. It wasn't a cheap solution, cheaper than a ransomware attack or having a client's PII compromised.
  • secures OS logins
  • allows easy access into my 1Password account
  • secures outlook email
  • there are still some compatibility issues
  • setting up the system can be confusing
the Yubikeys are great for securing computer login and supported software login/access. If I had multiple people using the same computer or workstation, I may not gone this route. I have my key linked to all of the office computers, and I need to access a computer after an employee has recently accessed it I sometimes get my authentication denied. I'm not sure if this is a normal issue or if perhaps these keys aren't intended to be used in this manner, but it can get annoying. At times I've had to reboot the computer to get it to authenticate my key.
Score 7 out of 10
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Using a Yubikey, logging into a workstation is so simple and secure. In an attempt to go passwordless and improve our security, we tried Yubico with SSO and OTP. It's a lot slicker than using a mobile phone and authenticator app or SMS messages - as long as the user doesn't lose their Yubikey!!
  • Single Sign-On.
  • 2-factor authentication.
  • Increased security.
  • The keys are quite expensive and users tend to lose things regularly.
  • More configuration slots would be nice.
  • Could be easier to setup and use.
As users are generally the weakest link in the corporate security chain, anything to avoid compromised passwords is a must. For us, Yubikeys from Yubico went a long way to securing our business. Just a touch on the key's contacts was enough to securely sign a user into their workstation. It conveyed a 2FA OTP and SSO to allow our people to never need a password again. Well, that was the dream. But replacing lost and damaged keys is very expensive, especially when you appear to have more than your fair share of clumsy and absent-minded staff.
Score 8 out of 10
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The business problem came from the requirement of MFA for remote users, where some were not comfortable using their personal cell phones to either receive text messages or install 3rd party verification applications. By supplying them with a YubiKey, we were able to achieve the standard of security we were looking for without requiring use of personal equipment.
  • Secures access to web applications without needing cell phones or other personal devices.
  • Widely accepted across SaaS providers making adoption easy.
  • The setup process is fast and simple.
  • I'd feel better if the key were a little more solidly built - it feels a little flimsy
  • The design could also use a cap for the connection - I'm nervous having it on my key chain and users have mentioned the same concerns.
  • There seems to be some cracks forming in the support for security keys which is starting to mitigate the usefulness across an entire ecosystem.
Where we're looking to secure the core SaaS business applications on either a personal computer and/or a remote user who does not use a company cell phone. Some users do not want their personal devices associated with work in any way, and it is difficult to argue the point in some circumstances. This is where YubiKey became very useful to me.
Score 7 out of 10
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With the implementation of multi-factor authentication (or two-factor authentication or MFA or 2FA) at the university, we were given a huge toolset to utilize in "second factoring." We were able to use Yubikeys, text and phone calls, and push notifications via DUO, and pre-arranged codes (for when internet is not available). Eventually we discontinued the telephony aspect but kept Yubikeys. They are a strong tool that is nearly impossible to defeat.
  • Product Support
  • Authentication
  • Mobility
  • Ease of use
  • First time setup
For an advanced user, Yubikeys are powerful and easy to utilize once setup. However, I believe a lay-user is able to better benefit from less intense tools such as our 2FA's native app push notifications. Yubikeys provide a strong 2nd layer of security to systems that require 2 factor, and for lay users, this might be overkill.
Chandan Singh Rathore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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As we know, applications and technologies to use are increasing day by day and so are the user credentials. So, it is difficult to remember all those passwords as there are too many. In such scenarios, Yubico came as a life savior. The best thing about the Yubico authentication is that it supports both symmetric and asymmetric key encryption methods and passwords are encrypted.
  • Symmetric key encryption
  • Asymmetric encryption
  • Works with all OS/platforms
  • Customer Support, especially in India
  • Documentation availability on open internet
  • Licensing/pricing
Other solutions support symmetric encryption only, where Yubico supports both symmetric and asymmetric encryption methods. It can be installed on cloud as well as on-premises. So if there is a customer who is not cloud friendly, they can also [benefit from] Yubico. It's suited to all kinds of organization [as it] has so many authentication methods available i.e. Time Based OTP (TOTP), Counter Based OTP (HOTP), Smart Card, etc... It supports older authentication methods as well and supports all the platforms/operating systems.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are using Yubikey 5C NFC and Yubikey 5C for our MFA access to critical systems. It is a great hardware key with amazing integration with all third-party vendors. The Yubikey 5C NFC also works on any mobile phone and [is] easy to carry with your regular key. The Yubikey 5C Nano is easy to use with desktop or laptop computers due to the small size (It won't work on mobile due to the missing NFC support).
  • Secure and easy to use on laptop or mobile.
  • Great support.
  • IP67-certified with no moving parts.
  • Yubikey 5C Nano doesn't support NFC.
  • Yubikey 5C NFC Mobile functionality could be better.
  • Pricey.
Suppose you need a secure solution for 2FA, so Yubico Yubikey is the best solution to use. All vendors support the hardware key, and I didn't have any problem using it on any service. It is small, IP67-certified, and has no moving parts, so you can carry it on with you without worrying.
Score 10 out of 10
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YubiKeys are being used by a small part of people within the organization to act as a physical token for MFA.
  • Security: The YubiKey is a great option for securing accounts!
  • Portability.
  • Connection points: there are several types of YubiKeys available making it convenient to use with apple devices directly, for example. The lightening/USB-C option is a solid choice for if you have several mac or iPhone users leveraging the key.
  • The management application is confusing. It's very easy to invalidate your key/reset it by mistake.
  • Not a consistent experience across applications. This isn't necessarily YubiKey's fault, but it's enough to be an annoying quirk.
Yubico (and by extension, the YubiKey) are great and suited well in my opinion to organizations of any size.
Score 8 out of 10
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Currently, we use Yubico as a single sign-on solution for our administrators. We recently migrated to Azure AD and Yubikey 5 supports passwordless authentication which is a big plus. We are investigating whether a rollout to all users would be beneficial. This will depend on business decisions of device types that we are going to support and where the key works.
  • Passwordless authentication
  • Hardware-based tokens
  • Support NFC and USB
  • NFC cannot be used reliably when on a keychain, phones do not detect it properly anymore.
  • In fact you need two keys for backup purposes and that can be expensive.
  • Combination of work/private use of Yubikeys.
  • Not firmware updatable.
It is well suited when a hardware authentication factor is needed or desired. The drawback is that you physically need to have it with you and that you may receive prompts to insert/use the key on devices that do not support it or cannot read the key due to no NFC or USB being present.
Leah Jakaitis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Yubico's security key is used to provide an additional layer of security for accessing documents, passwords, information, and resources. It is used across the organization by all departments. It adds a physical element to information security/cybersecurity. As for the business problem, it doesn't address a specific "problem" so much as it prevents major problems from arising; by stringently adhering to security processes, including the use of physical keys, information access/dissemination is kept well controlled within the organization.
  • Unobtrusive use of USB-C key (semi-permanently in a laptop or computer port).
  • Excellent 2-factor authentication requiring interaction/presence of the physical key.
  • Integrates with platforms/password managers for personal and organizational use.
  • Setup can be a little confusing for inexperienced users: documentation and step-by-step instructions will help ensure smoothe onboarding.
  • Specific implementations (like for Google) can be tricky. Fortunately, Yubico provides a lot of support / documentation on impelementation.
I 100% recommend Yubico for organizations that work with secure or confidential information. The use of 2-factor authentication should be a given: it protects information and assets (personal and organizational) and adds an additional layer of security. Yubico's security is demonstrably robust, and it integrates (sometimes with some finagling/legwork) with most 2FA platforms/logins. Additionally, the key itself is either a semipermanent unobtrusive attachment or a small key you can plug into the computer. I highly recommend Yubikeys for both personal and professional use.
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