Today, Yubico is demonstrating how to protect Google and WordPress accounts with YubiKey and U2F open standard at the ShowStoppers event (booth A-13) at CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show).
With the mission to make secure login easy and available for everyone, Yubico serves as a FIDO Alliance board member and is co-author and key driver of the FIDO U2F (Universal 2nd Factor) protocol. The YubiKey NEO and U2F Security Key are the first devices to support the public deployment of U2F-enabled Google Accounts and WordPress.
“CES highlights tomorrow’s consumer and business technologies, such as wearable computing, and Connected Homes. Secure user authentication will play a critical role as these products continue to become part of our daily lives. Yubico believes that U2F is the beginning of an entirely new generation of strong authentication — simple enough to scale to consumers, yet strong enough to protect against advanced hackers.” – Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and Founder, Yubico, Inc.
Main differentiators between Yubico U2F keys and traditional smart card- and hardware-based authentication devices include:
- No need for drivers, client software and middleware – Uses native drivers and support built into the browser. No installation, no configuration – they just work! No certificate authority needed and open source reference software is available for integrations.
- Highly scalable while protecting your privacy – Generates a new set of encryption keys for every service. The keys are only stored on the specific service being accessed. With this approach, no secrets are shared among service providers and YubiKeys support any number of services.
- Great user experience – All it takes to register and authenticate is a simple touch of a button! Authentication can be owned and controlled by users, who connect directly to a service provider without a third-party software or service provider.