Computer Login with YubiKey in Smart Card Mode

November 15, 2016 2 minute read

The humble smart card dates back to the 1970s, but the mature technology is not without innovation in a world of new-fangled authentication.

Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart cards, best known as staples in government agencies, incorporate standards developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Yubico’s recent webinar, “YubiKey Smart Code Mode for Computer Login,” walks viewers through PIV support on operating systems from Microsoft, Apple, and various Linux distributions. A recording of the webinar is embedded at the bottom of this blog. Yubico’s PIV implementation also supports PKCS#11 and open source tools such as OpenSC.

The YubiKey 4, YubiKey 4 Nano, and YubiKey NEO all incorporate the NIST standards and put ease-of-use innovation into the technology by eliminating the need for a card reader, middleware, extra software, and additional drivers on Microsoft and Apple operating systems. Login and code signing operations are just some of the functions that require only a touch of the YubiKey to activate.

The webinar includes demos using YubiKeys as a smart card to log in on macOS Sierra, Windows domains, remote desktops, and the new Windows Hello authentication platform.

Presenter David Maples, a Yubico Senior Solutions Engineer, details all the platform configurations needed to support the YubiKey and PIV.

He also highlights the YubiKey’s versatility with features and integrations that support additional protocols, such as FIDO’s U2F, using the same YubiKey that provides PIV smart card features.

The webinar opens with a brief introduction to Yubico and the Yubikey.

Webinar: YubiKey Smart Card Mode for Computer Login from Yubico on Vimeo.

Share this article:

Recommended content

Thumbnail

Combating ransomware attacks on your enterprise

What do a PC manufacturer, a meat supplier and a mental health clinic have in common? They have all been victims of ransomware attacks. They’re not alone. Ransomware attacks grew by over 485% in 2020, leveraging the new ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) model of profit-sharing in exchange for ransomware tools.  One of the most infamous recent ransomware ...

Thumbnail

Top five pitfalls companies should avoid when rolling out a passwordless strategy

Given the number of breaches in the news today where passwords were at the root of the problem, many companies are now exploring the benefits of a secure passwordless future. Secure passwordless logins not only bring cost efficiencies and a more frictionless user login experience into the organization, but deliver the security that is necessary ...

Thumbnail

Seven tips if you’re still scratching your head after reading Biden’s cybersecurity executive order

Yubico works with a lot of federal agencies and contractors, as well as with customers in regulated industries, so we understand the challenges new compliance regulations can bring. The executive order that was released May 12 can be seen as the federal government fully embracing the move toward multi-factor authentication (MFA) for use cases where ...

Thumbnail

Yubico brings the YubiKey to the .NET ecosystem with its new desktop SDK

In continuation with our mission to bring strong authentication to the world, Yubico is excited to announce that integrating the YubiKey into your .NET application or workflow will now be easier than ever before. This is enabled with the introduction of the new YubiKey SDK for Desktop. With this Desktop SDK, you can now add ...