Phishing is one of the biggest security threats around, with malicious links and various scams trying to obtain your login credentials. For a long time, 2-factor authentication by way of texts or unique codes generated by apps have been a golden standard to prevent phishing but that alone wasn’t enough.
The solution? Actual physical tokens like the newly unveiled YukiKey Series 5, which not only offer a better way for 2-factor authentication but now actually remove the need for even having passwords. In a world where people still use one-word passwords and criminals can intercept the two-factor authentication code sent via SMS, physical tokens are necessary for any user concerned about their data.
Using FIDO 2, an open-source standard that offers secure authentication, the Series 5 YubiKey physical tokens let you log in to your email and other accounts in two easy steps. Just connect the YubiKey to your PC or laptop and then tap on it.
Even Google vouches for their efficiency. The company recently announced that they completely eliminated employee- phishing as a threat simply by switching to physical tokens like the YubiKey. Perhaps it’s time you do the same, if not for security concerns, at least for the sake of convenience.
A Series 5 YubiKey with NFC goes for $45, which is surprisingly affordable, but there is even a $20 option. You can check their full features and prices here.
Unfortunately, no services right now support a password-less login but, according to Wired, Microsoft and Azure are going to be one of the first adopters.