Whenever I’m asked for things that are a must-have, a YubiKey is on the top of my list no matter what platform or operating system people are using — Windows, Mac, or Linux, Android or iOS.
It doesn’t matter.
Everyone needs a YubiKey.
What is a YubiKey?
A YubiKey is the ultimate line of defense against having your online accounts taken over. And with prices starting at $25, it’s one of those indispensable gadgets for the 21st century.
While robust passwords go a long way to securing your valuable online accounts, hardware-based two-factor authentication takes that security to the next level.
A hardware authentication device made by Yubico, it’s used to secure access to online accounts, computers, and networks. The Yubikey 5 Series look like small USB flash drives and come in a range of different connectors — USB-A, USB-C, and USB-C and Lightning combo. There are versions that also include support for NFC.
It offers two-factor authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication or two-step verification) for hundreds of online services, from Facebook,