As an iPhone user can attest, our passwords are a most precious commodity. Keeping all these passwords organised all at the same time, however, is a different story.
Some of us write down while some use password managers, but more often than not, we settle with using one variation on the same passwords across dozens of platforms, apps and devices, leaving us incredibly vulnerable to identity theft.
But what if there was a way, a device not only can it save all our passwords but it will allow us to bypass ever having even to enter them again.
A dongle has been made available for that
Enter the Yubikey, a ‘USB-sized’ token that fits right on your key ring and does precisely that. Developed by Yubico, the Yubikey acts as a form of two-factor authentication (2FA) for your phone inclusion to the benefits mentioned above which, as the recent Reddit hack proved, it is a pretty valuable commodity.
We’re hitting the ground running in 2019 with two exciting announcements! Introducing the new Security Key NFC by Yubico and the YubiKey for Lightning – Private Preview: https://t.co/WW1lgpKlZ1 pic.twitter.com/9Ogm4aXTzg
— Yubico (@Yubico) January 8, 2019
Unfortunately, the Yubikey has not been made available for the iPhone until now.
More about the iPhone Yubikey
Having just received UFI certification (technical speak for “Apple’s blessing”), the tech company will soon begin the release of Yubikeys that fits Apple’s lightning ports but with a couple of stipulations, of course, (via Wired):
Yubico did not have an actual product until later last year and needs developers to buy-in for its ‘Lightning token’ to reach its full potential. Though Apple does not yet natively support FIDO2, an open-source standard that lets you access your online accounts by merely plugging in a hardware token rather than using a password. So if you choose to use a Lightning-compatible Yubikey with Gmail, say Google would have to provide support.
And not only that, the Yubikey currently operates using a less than the reliable form of connection known as near-field communication (NFC) to pair with your phone.
“At a high level, today there’re three ways in which you can communicate with the iPhone,” says Jerrod Chong, Senior Vice President of product at Yubico. “You can communicate over NFC, but it is minimal regarding what you can do. You can communicate over Bluetooth the main challenge there is that it is not very reliable. And then the final way which is a hard connection.”
So yes, there’re some kinks still to be worked out. It all comes down to whether the threat of having your data hacked which is happening pretty much every day due to a shaky connection is worth never having to mistake a password four times in a row with your awkward sausage fingers again.
The choice here is an obvious one, in my opinion.
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