If you’re concerned about the security of your most sensitive online accounts, a physical key serves as a backup to your password for verifying your identity. Here’s how you can protect your online accounts with a physical security key.
A password isn’t enough to fully protect your accounts and logins anymore. Websites and apps offer two-factor authentication and biometric login features, but another way to secure your accounts is through a physical security key.
A physical key serves as a backup to your password for verifying your identity. The right type of key can work with your computer and mobile phone, through a physical or wireless connection. Even if someone were to discover the password for one of your accounts, they wouldn’t be able to sign in without the physical key. As long as the key is safe and secure, your private information is protected.
You’ll find a variety of security keys for sale, including ones from Google, Yubico, and Thetis. The key you need depends on your specific needs. If you’re looking to plug it into your computer, choose one with a USB connector. For mobile devices, there are keys with USB-C or Lightning connectors for Android or iOS devices. You may also want one that uses NFC to connect wirelessly, which will cover all your bases and not require you to plug the key in each time.
For this story, I’m using a YubiKey 5C NFC security key from Yubico because of its support for computers and mobile devices. This key has both a USB-C connector and built-in NFC for a wireless connection. Here’s how to use a physical security key to secure your online accounts.
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