Ronnie Manning

Yubico Launches the Security Key NFC and a Private Preview of the YubiKey for Lightning at CES 2019

Hello from Las Vegas. Today, we have some exciting news for you that’s coming straight from the CES show floor. We are introducing two new device form factors: our latest next-generation security key, Security Key NFC by Yubico, and a private preview of our YubiKey for Lightning. We are giving live demos of both of these keys at the CES Yubico booth (#312).

The Security Key NFC

The Security Key NFC is our newest addition to our distinctive blue Security Key Series, offering USB-A and NFC (near-field communication) for tap-and-go authentication over the FIDO U2F and FIDO2/WebAuthn protocols on computers and supported mobile devices (like an Android phone or a NFC reader attached to a Windows 10 computer). With the option of multiple communication methods, this one key is able to deliver a simple and seamless user experience across multiple devices for strong multi-factor, two-factor (2FA), and single-factor passwordless authentication.

Today, the Security Key NFC works out of the box with hundreds of services already supporting FIDO U2F and FIDO2 authentication protocols: including Microsoft (for passwordless login), Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, a growing list of password managers, and many more FIDO2 and U2F compatible websites. And as the the latest hardware authenticator from Yubico, it’s built to last. It’s made in the USA and Sweden with reinforced fiberglass that is hermetically sealed and injection molded into a monolithic block, delivering exceptional physical l durability.

The Security Key NFC by Yubico is available beginning today for $27 at the Yubico online store.

YubiKey for Lightning — Private Preview

If you are a Yubico follower, you’ve probably heard that Yubico’s goal is to make strong, simple authentication truly ubiquitous, across all services, devices, and operating systems. Historically iOS has presented some challenges to achieving that mission, which is why we’re extremely excited to announce a private preview of our newest YubiKey for Lightning.

YubiKey for Lightning

The YubiKey for Lightning is a multi-protocol hardware authenticator designed with both USB-C and Lightning connectors. By supporting the two most common connectors for Mac and iPhones, the new YubiKey for Lightning, is designed to provide seamless authentication across compatible desktop and mobile devices.

We are also formally launching the YubiKey for Lightning Program as an extension of our Lightning Project announced in August 2018. If you are a developer or service that would like to support strong hardware authentication on iOS, we invite you to work with us by applying to participate in the YubiKey for Lightning Program. Selected participants will have access to the private preview of YubiKey for Lightning and also the Yubico Mobile iOS SDK for Lightning.

Today the YubiKey for Lightning is in private preview to selected participants in the Yubikey for Lightning Program, with general availability still to be announced.