Yubico's Yubikey, More security at cost of complexity
March 23, 2022

Yubico's Yubikey, More security at cost of complexity

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Yubico

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
  • Strength of authentication
Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator are both consumer (and commercial) grade products so they are expected to be easy to use. When you move to a more advanced product such as Yubico, there's a reason why you are not using the "easier" methods. The reasons may include, more security requirements, or because you enjoy being a tech-master. Yubikey and Yubico are apples to oranges comparison with these aforementioned apps.

Do you think Yubico YubiKeys delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Yubico YubiKeys's feature set?


Did Yubico YubiKeys live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Yubico YubiKeys go as expected?


Would you buy Yubico YubiKeys again?


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.

Using Yubico

I give slightly better than average rating because of the complexity in using a Yubikey. It is not as easy as native push notifications for 2FA products, however, it provides much better strength. Rating this higher or lower would be a disservice to people reading this review. If you are in the market for a hardware 2FA tool, Yubikey will be a great asset in your toolbox.
Like to use
Relatively simple
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Feel confident using
Slow to learn
  • Utilization
  • Setup