Are you concerned about losing account information by password theft, phishing, hacking, or keylogging scams? Now there is less to worry about.
The FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico is a specially designed YubiKey, relying on high-security, public-key cryptography. Durable and conveniently sized, just slide it out of its protective sleeve, insert it into any USB port, and it works with any website that supports the FIDO U2F protocol, such as Facebook, Google’s Gmail, Google Cloud and G Suite, GitHub, Dropbox, and Dashlane. And all it takes is a simple touch of a button!
How it works – 2 simple steps to authentication
- Enter your usual username and password in the login field of any app that supports FIDO U2F.
- Insert your Security Key in a USB port with the gold side up.
- Simply touch the gold button on the Security Key to generate your secure login credentials.
- Works seamlessly on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and Linux
- Touch the button to trigger security based on public-key cryptography: works instantly, no need to re-type passcodes from a device — replacing SMS texts, authenticator apps, legacy tokens, and similar devices
- Identifies as a USB HID device which is standard on all computers
Setting Up Your Security Key
Facebook login: What is a security key and how does it work?
Google accounts: Gmail and Google Apps for Individuals
GitHub account: How to Set Up Your YubiKey with GitHub
Dropbox account: Dropbox for Individuals
Want to make sure you have the right Security Key? Verify you have a genuine Security Key by Yubico here!
More About the FIDO U2F Security Key
Each Security Key has an individualized secure chip which performs cryptographic functions triggered by a simple touch of the key. You never see the details, but behind the scenes FIDO U2F Security Key provides a unique public and private key pair for each application it protects. Only those keys can correctly complete the cryptographic challenge required for login.
The secure chip is of the same class as those used in SIM Cards, electronic passports, military electronic IDs and chip-and-pin credit cards. Like those devices, the chip is specially “hardened” so it’s extremely difficult to steal the secrets hidden inside. The secrets contained in the Security Key belong to the end-user exclusively and are never transferred, copied or stored by a service provider or any other application provider.
This is not a biometric device, instead it uses a capacitive sensor activated by the small bit of electricity the human body naturally produces.
The Skinny on Universal 2nd Factor (U2F)
FIDO U2F is an emerging open authentication standard, with native support in platforms and browsers. U2F breaks the mold for high security public key authentication, removing the complexity of drivers, specialized client software, and the traditional costly CA model. With FIDO U2F, one single YubiKey supports any number of online services, with no user information or encryption keys shared between the service providers. Learn more about FIDO U2F.
Learn more about integrating FIDO U2F protocol with your online service at developers.yubico.com