Two-factor authentication – A combination of what you know (like a password) and what you have (like a smartphone or an authentication token) provides much better security than passwords alone. And if SMS authentication is better than nothing, then hardware authentication is even better.
Between the Yubikey 5C NFC, which can connect to both your computers and your smartphones.
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Simple and effective protection
For me, this is the perfect security key, providing simple and easy-to-use, yet effective protection.
Yubikey 5C NFC is a two-factor security key, multi-factor and passwordless authentication. It supports a wide range of protocols – FIDO2, U2F, smart cards, OTP, OpenPGP 3 – which means it provides strong protection for both legacy and modern environments.
The advantage of Yubikey 5C NFC is that it offers the best of all worlds.
In addition to all the cryptographic magic built into the dongle, the 5C NFC has both a USB-C connector and an NFC chip. This ensures broad compatibility as you get the convenience of both physical and wireless connectivity.
I use it on laptops and desktops (you can even use it on systems that only have USB-A ports), Android smartphones, and even my iPhone and iPad. Yes, you can use NFC on iPhone.
Image: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.
Everything is presented in a rugged, IP68-certified and impact-resistant plastic case. Bonus, the key does not need batteries or recharging.
This key works with everything I need.
€65 for an essential accessory
I’ve been carrying my Yubikey 5C NFC keychain with me for a while now and it holds up well to the various vagaries of life such items can encounter. However, it is recommended to have a backup key in case the main key is lost, stolen or damaged. Please note that you will need to register the second key in the same way as the first, but some services do not support multiple keys.
This accessory may not be as shiny and exciting as a new smartphone, but it’s quickly becoming indispensable.
And for 65 euros, it’s much more affordable than a new smartphone or a new laptop.