Yubico’re U2F security sticks with bluetooth

Jun

16

2016

Yubico’re YubiKey sticks using bluetooth. The drives combine the Universal 2nd Factor or U2F standard of FIDO Alliance with Bluetooth low energy, so they can be used in combination with mobile devices.

Yubico reports interoperability tests for FIDO U2F BLE through to have and now have a BLE certificate. In the coming time will release the company test versions of YubiKey BLE. YubiKeys must still be plugged into a USB slot for authentication. They work on the basis of the FIDO U2F standard two stage authentication, which in 2014 completed was and a year later received support bluetooth. Yubico was one of the driving forces behind the specification.

With YubiKey BLE, the sticks near a device be taken bluetooth support for contactless authentication. There are still some hurdles to overcome and issues to be taken into account, according Yubico. For example, a Bluetooth range of up to thirty meters, and emphasizes the company that you want to know for sure when a security product that you are pairing with the right system.

Additionally YubiKey works with bluetooth le, but there are still many devices on the market that only support older versions of Bluetooth. Further notes the company that a battery is necessary to let the sticks with bluetooth work, which has implications for the design, safety and regulation. Also, it is according to Yubico complex in order to comply with the rules governing the use of radio frequencies in a variety of geographical areas.

FIDO, or Fast Identity Online, was founded in 2012 to an open, come interoperable and scalable set of mechanisms leading to replacement of passwords for online authentication. The standard works on the basis of public key cryptography in conjunction with authentication methods such as voice recognition, fingerprint, chip or face recognition. Include Google, Dropbox and GitHub support login with FIDO U2F.

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