YubiKey – a key to a password-free world

Author: Time: 23.04.2021

YubiKey – a key to a password-free world 

At the end of March, Yubico announced that their product YubiKey password-free authentication is now available to the users of Microsoft Azure Directory. This is a remarkable step towards increased security without sacrificing user convenience. 

Passwords are no longer a solution 

 

Large-scale data attacks and identity thefts put user accounts at risk on a daily basis. 
  • 81% of data attacks target weak and stolen passwords. 
  • 123456 is the most extensively used password combination in the world 
  • The time spent on resetting passwords is 21 hours per person 
  • 20 to 50% of IT support cases address resetting of passwords 
  • One of 3 companies becomes a victim to a data attack within 2 years 
 

What is YubiKey? 

 

  • YubiKey is a small but powerful multi-factor authentication (MFA) device
  • An all-in-one configurable security key – enables simple and secure login, preventing unauthorised access to computers, servers and internet accounts 
  • Simpler and more secure than ordinary authentication apps – there is no need to reach for your smart phone or enter passcodes  
  • Works with hundreds of services – Yubikey works with logging into Windows and Mac, as well as for Gmail, Dropbox, Facebook, Salesforce and many other services 
 

What are the advantages of YubiKey?

 

  • It saves authentication data into a secure hardware chip; the information is never transmitted and thus it is not possible to copy or steal the information 
  • Reduces IT expenses, as the users do not need to contact support in order to change passwords 
  • Easy to use – quick and reliable as users do not need to install anything 
  • Easy to implement – the process only takes a few days, not months. One key provides access to several devices, both modern and legacy 
 

Read more about Yubico to decide whether the solution would also work for you.