Authentication for mobile restricted environments

Secure authentication anywhere, anytime

Mobile-free, secure authentication

Environments where mobile use is restricted are unable to use most MFA methods such as SMS, mobile authenticator apps or mobile push. The YubiKey offers easy and secure authentication when there is no cellular connection or a mobile device.

Secure Authentication without a Cellular Connection or Mobile Device

Most mobile-based authentication methods fail when the cellular signal is weak or unavailable. Services such as SMS are not very reliable and often users can be waiting for several minutes to receive a code. Additionally, many environments restrict mobile device use altogether making most MFA methods unusable.

Unlike SMS codes and mobile push authentication, YubiKeys do not require a cellular connection to operate. In fact, they don’t even require batteries or have any other external dependency. Simply plug the key into a USB port on your device and touch to authenticate.

Minimize insider threats with high assurance authentication

Where sensitive data is at stake such as in medical clinics or R&D labs, data leakage via images captured from a mobile device pose a very high risk. Allowing mobile devices for authentication enables perpetrators to easily capture sensitive data on camera without being noticed.

The YubiKey meets NIST’s highest level of assurance (AAL3) and uses public key cryptography to ensure accounts cannot be phished or breached via social engineering. More importantly, since YubiKeys have no cameras, microphones, or network connections, data confidentiality is ensured.

New regulations increasingly require employers to pay for mobile devices and service plans for any work related usage. Additionally, employers may be held liable if they manage or wipe a user’s personal mobile device.

The combination of frictionless user experience, data breach prevention, mobile device and service cost savings, and the YubiKey’s versatility with multi-protocol support results in high ROI for any mobile-restricted environment.

Case in point:

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Code Enigma deploys fast, secure and mobile-free 2FA


Code Enigma is one of the leading Drupal specialist companies with offices in Europe and around the world. The company wanted to implement physical two-factor authentication (2FA) to secure access to sensitive data, without the need for customers or employees to use their own cell phone or buy their own equipment.

YubiKey solution:

Code Enigma chose the YubiKey and uses it in two ways— Yubico OTP technology is used as an authentication credential, and the YubiKey provides employees with an alternative to Google Authenticator particularly when employees do not want to use personal cell phones for work.

The Result:

The YubiKey enables authentication for customers, protects access to the client dashboard, and secures SSH and sudo access on production servers. Users love the authentication experience and convenient form factor, driving Code Enigma to expand the YubiKey implementation to their ticketing and code management systems as well.

“We keep hearing how nice it is, to just press a button and not have to read anything off a screen and enter it. Users love it — clients and staff alike. It’s a massive win over other devices for user experience.”
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Greg HarveyDirector at Code Enigma

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