Yubico launches first Lightening security key for iPhones


US based hardware manufacturer, Yubico is all set to release the YubiKey 5Ci with a price tag of $70 and is the first security key that can plug in to the iPhone’s Lightening port or a USB-C port. Moreover, it is also compatible with the popular password vaults LastPass and 1Password out of the box.

This also means that, the users will not have to remember the password of the bank ever again. They have to just plug the YubiKey in to the iPhone and use it to log in to the 1Password app and get that bank password. During the launch, it will support the well-known password managers and single sign-on tools like Dashlane, Bitwarden, 1Password, Idaptive, LastPass and Okta. While using the brave browser for iOS, the YubiKey 5Ci can be used as an easier way to log in to Twitter, 1Password’s web app, GitHub and a couple of other services.

However, the 5Ci does not work with the newest iPad Pros at all, despite having a USB-C connector that fits. The users can just plug the Lightening side of the 5Ci in to an iPhone and it will work with any service that supports the FIDO authentication protocol. Yobico has also said that services have to individually add support for Lightening connector on the 5Ci in to their apps. If the users do not want a standards-based physical security key that does not plug in to the iPhone, then there are other options including other YubiKey 5 NFC that costs $45 which plugs in to the computer with a USB-A port.

The USB-C 5C costs $50 and does the same with USB-C. The gadget users can also consider Google’s Titan Security Keys that sells as a $50 pair with one USB-A key that has a USB-Cadapter and NFC and only works with Android and another with Bluetooth and NFC, also only with Android phones.

Photo Credits: Yubico

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