YubiKey 4: One Device, Many Functions

December 2, 2015 2 minute read

One-hundred and eighteen years ago, Karl Elsener developed the first Swiss Army knife, introducing versatility never before seen in a simple knife for soldiers.

Today, Yubico pays homage to Elsener’s ingenuity and commitment to multi-feature versatility. The YubiKey is a single device with a wide selection of security and privacy choices under its rugged, molded-plastic exterior.

To expose all the functions of the YubiKey, we recently held a webinar — One Device, Many Functions: Inside the YubiKey. (The recording is embedded below.)

During the presentation, you’ll hear how the YubiKey defines secure access for armies of enterprises and consumers, including remote access and VPN, password managers, computer login, content management systems, and support for popular online services such as GitHub, Dropbox, Docker, Google for Work, and other Google Accounts.

Functions such as one-time passcodes (OTP) work with many systems including Salesforce, Okta, and Ping Indentity. Time- and event-based OATH tokens integrate with internal and customer-facing systems while PIV capabilities include support for Microsoft Windows login on select servers and client desktops. OpenPGP is for storing public/private key pairs for encryption, authentication and signing, and the FIDO Alliance’s Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol gives a single YubiKey the ability to support many online services.

In addition, YubiKey allows owners to load and control their own secrets, with nothing revealed to third-parties, including Yubico.

It all adds up to the versatility we hope Elsener would commend.

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