It must be YubiKey season. Just weeks after launching the long-awaited YubiKey Bio, Yubico is selling a new FIDO Security Key C NFC. It’s basically a bare-bones, affordable version of the YubiKey 5C NFC, offering FIDO authentication over USB-C and NFC for just $30.
While the multi-protocol YubiKey 5C NFC may be a better option for enterprise customers, the new FIDO Security Key C NFC is a solid option for regular people who just want a layer of hardware security for their most-used account or services.
Thanks to FIDO and FIDO2 authentication, this affordable new security key can serve as a two-factor authentication method for your Windows desktop. It can also link with your browser, or even lock down your password manager. Of course, you can also link the security key with select websites, effectively locking out strangers even if they manage to steal your password.
The FIDO Security Key C NFC also works with your phone—and you don’t even need to plug it in a USB-C port. Just tap the key to your phone to unlock accounts or services. It’s that easy.
You can order the new FIDO Security Key C NFC at Amazon. Of course, I suggest taking Yubico’s quick quiz to see if there are better (and possibly more affordable) security keys that might fit your needs.
Yubico FIDO Security Key C NFC - Two Factor Authentication USB and NFC Security Key, Works with Supported NFC Mobile Devices – FIDO U2F and FIDO2 Certified - More Than a Password
For those who only need FIDO, the new YubiKey USB-C NFC security key is a killer, affordable option. It costs just $30---that's $25 less than Yubico's multi-protocol NFC key.
Yubico - YubiKey 5C NFC - Two Factor Authentication USB and NFC Security Key, Fits USB-C Ports and Works with Supported NFC Mobile Devices - Protect Your Online Accounts with More Than a Password
Need more than just FIDO? The YubiKey 5C NFC supports FIDO2, FIDO U2F, Yubico OTP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, Smart card (PIV), OpenPGP, and Challenge-Response.