Physical security keys are an excellent way to ensure that devices are locked and protected, and are considered more secure than standard methods of passwords or two-factor authentication. Yubico is one of the leaders in that area with YubiKey, a USB device that adds an additional layer of protection.
Unfortunately, so far it had only been compatible with devices that have USB ports, which means the phones were out of the question. But now, that is no longer the case. Yubico launched the YubiKey 5Ci, the first security key that can be connected to both the Lightning port of an iPhone and a USB-C port. This small device was presented for the first time at CES 2019, and is now available for a price of $ 70 dollars.
"Today marks an exciting milestone, not only in the history of Yubico, but also in the history of security keys and mobile devices," says a company statement. "Yubico celebrates more than a decade of cutting-edge contributions to the authentication market with its latest innovation, the YubiKey 5Ci."
Indeed, the company points out that the YubiKey 5Ci is the world's first iPhone and iPad compatible security key, designed to offer a solid hardware-backed authentication through a Lightning connection. This key is also equipped with a USB-C connector to securely access hundreds of Works applications and services with YubiKey, on Mac, Windows and Android devices, allowing you to use the physical key to authenticate your identity both in one computer as in a mobile device. Before this compatibility was possible, the best way to connect to an iOS device was through a Bluetooth connection, but concerns about pairing security made that option incomplete for those interested In security.
Yubico has been working on creating security keys for iOS for some time, including the launch of its Lightning Project in 2018 to allow developers to use YubiKey to authenticate a user's identity. With today's release, millions of iOS devices may have the option of a new way to add security to their content.
Yubico has a number of other options, such as a new simplified security key that can be connected to devices through NFC. It works with hundreds of websites, services and applications, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and several important password managers. The NFC security key is available at Yubico for $ 27 dollars.