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YubiKey 4 Nano

Yubico’s lineup of U2F-compliant keys — YubiKey 4, FIDO U2F Security Key, and YubiKey NEO — are ready to plug-and-play with tools for managing 2-Step Verification deployments now available in the Google Cloud and Google for Education Admin consoles.

Manage your YubiKey user population with controls such as usage policies and revocation commands. Administrators also can monitor, track, and report on key usage; provide policies for optional or mandatory enrollment; and offer back-up codes for lost keys so that users are never locked out yet always secure.

These management capabilities are a powerful evolution in the value of YubiKeys for enterprises of all sizes. Enterprises and organizations now have a full package including the backend management infrastructure, a universal client (Chrome – with Mozilla in the works), and a hardened security device with U2F-compliant YubiKeys.

Google has published a research paper titled “Security Keys: Practical Cryptographic Second Factors for the Modern Web” to quantify the benefits they found in using YubiKey for U2F-based two-factor authentication. YubiKeys are more secure than Google Authenticator, Google Prompt, SMS, and emailed passcodes.

Individuals can also secure their personal Google Accounts with YubiKeys, protecting their Gmail, YouTube, Blogger, Adwords, Analytics, and other accounts.

Core Features of U2F-Compliant YubiKeys

  • Work on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS.
  • Touch the button to trigger security based on public-key cryptography.
  • Identify as a USB HID device which is standard on all computers.
  • Crush-resistant, waterproof design in two form factors.
  • Do not require a battery.
  • Fit nicely on a keychain, in a wallet, or inside a USB port.
  • Manufactured in USA and Sweden.
  • See our comparison chart of U2F-compliant YubiKeys.

Required pieces for Setting Up Your U2F-Compliant YubiKey with Google Cloud or Google for Education

How to Set Up Your U2F-Compliant YubiKey with Google Cloud or Google for Education

The Skinny on Universal 2nd Factor (U2F)

FIDO U2F is an emerging open authentication standards initiative with strong support from more than 180 end-user and vendor companies in the FIDO Alliance, a consortium working to bring strong authentication to the masses.

U2F breaks the mold for high-security, public-key hardware devices by removing the complexity of drivers, client software and the traditional costly certificate authority (CA) model.

With FIDO U2F, one single device can be used with any number of online services with no user information or encryption keys shared between the service providers.

To see where else you can use your U2F-certified YubiKey, see our FIDO U2F page. For additional FAQs, see our Support FAQs.

For more information about FIDO U2F, see the full U2F Specifications on the FIDO Alliance website.

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