Yubico launches multi-OS security key

Hardware authentication security key provider, Yubico has released a security key designed with both USB-C and Apple Lightning connectors on a single device. The YubiKey 5Ci provides authentication across iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows devices and can be used to secure the 1Password, Bitwarden, Dashlane, Idaptive, LastPass and Okta iOS mobile applications along with additional services accessed through the Brave iOS browser app.

“The YubiKey 5Ci fills a critical gap in the mobile authentication ecosystem,” said Jerrod Chong, Chief Solutions Officer, Yubico. “It is the first iOS-friendly security key on the market to offer strong, yet simple authentication over a Lightning connection, while still delivering a unified experience across other mobile, desktop or laptop devices. In an increasingly mobile-first world, where users are not tied to one machine, the YubiKey 5Ci serves an important role as a portable root of trust, proving that users are who they say they are, no matter what device they are on.”

Supported logins on the Brave browser include Bitbucket.org, GitHub.com, Login.gov, Twitter.com, and 1Password.com. Monkton Rebar and XTN also support the YubiKey 5Ci in their latest software development kits. The new product is equipped with FIDO2/WebAuthn, FIDO U2F, OTP (one-time password), PIV (Smart Card), and OpenPGP. With support for multiple authentication protocols, the YubiKey 5Ci delivers strong multi-factor (MFA), second-factor (2FA) and single-factor passwordless authentication.

Just twelve months ago, the National Cyber Security Centre published advice for organisations on implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) to protect against password guessing and theft on online services. It said uptake of multi-factor authentication had been slow and this needed to change.

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