Two-step authentication is a great way to protect your online accounts like Facebook and Google, but if you’re tired of receiving messages, there is an alternative: YubiKey. YubiKey is a simple USB key that allows you to protect your accounts in the most efficient way possible.
This hardware key is suitable for securing a wide range of applications, including:
– Password managers
– Computer login
– Content management systems
This cybersecurity solution activates the two-step authentication on your accounts but doesn’t force you to receive SMS messages just to be able to access them. All you really need to do is to plug it in, press the button, and you’re all done.
Of course, this is just an additional measure of security – you’re still going to need a username and a password in order to get in.
YubiKey looks like a flash drive and depending on how much you pay for it, the prices range from $20 to $50, the more cybersecurity features you get. The basic version support Google and Facebook accounts without a problem, and if you go for the expensive version, you also get the following extra features:
– Strong crypto
– One-time password
– Smart card adaptability
Since these handy devices are waterproof, you won’t have to worry about damaging them. Also, no battery is required for them to function. Finally, they are completely useless to the bad guys if stolen, since they won’t do a thing without your login credentials.