On Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Yubico YubiKey Bio authentication dongle leverages biometrics for extra protection

On Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Yubico YubiKey Bio authentication dongle leverages biometrics for extra protection

In keeping with Yubico’s innovation and design philosophy, the YubiKey Bio does not require any batteries, drivers, or associated software. The new security keys integrate with the native biometric enrollment and management features supported in the latest platforms and operating systems. Once a YubiKey Bio is set up, users will experience secure second factor and passwordless logins for desktop-based FIDO-supported services and applications.

Yubico, the world’s leading producer of hardware authentication security keys, today launched the YubiKey Bio Series, the first YubiKey series to offer fingerprint recognition for secure passwordless and second factor logins. The YubiKey Bio Series, designed for biometric authentication on desktops, supports contemporary FIDO2/WebAuthn and U2F protocols in both USB-A and USB-C form factors. The YubiKey Bio is currently available for purchase on yubico.com for $80 for the USB-A version and $85 for the USB-C version. Customers with a premium tier YubiEnterprise Subscription can also get YubiKey to YubiKey Bio upgrades.

The YubiKey Bio Series reimagines biometric authentication on a security key. Its three chip architecture  allows the biometric fingerprint material to be stored in a separate secure element which delivers enhanced protection from physical attacks. The YubiKey Bio acts as a single, trusted hardware-backed root of trust which allows the user to authenticate with the same key across multiple desktop devices, operating systems, and applications.

“With the launch of the YubiKey Bio Series, we are proud to raise the standard for biometric security keys, enabling simple and strong passwordless authentication for our enterprise customers and everyday YubiKey users,” said Stina Ehrensvärd, CEO and co-founder, Yubico.The YubiKey Bio enables biometric login on desktop with all applications and services that support FIDO protocols and works out-of-the-box with Citrix Workspace, Duo, GitHub, IBM Security Verify, Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Microsoft 365, Okta and Ping Identity. With the growing adoption of modern authentication, Yubico continues to work closely with its partner ecosystem to encourage support of biometric authentication as detailed in the WebAuthn and FIDO2 specs.

For customers that are looking for more form factors, protocols, and NFC support, they may benefit from a YubiKey 5 Series instead of the YubiKey Bio. To determine the best key for your needs, take this quiz.

Yubico always strives to innovate, whether it be through YubiEnterprise Subscription and YubiEnterprise Delivery, or adding additional protocol support and functionality to products, like the YubiKey Bio. To learn more about the YubiKey Bio Series capabilities and specs, visit here. Also, join Yubico’s upcoming webinar at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, October 18 to discuss strong biometric authentication.

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