Yubico announces a new version of its YubiKey 5 security key equipped with USB-C with integrated NFC, which should theoretically be a practical combo and compatible with many future devices.
Previously, YubiKey offered the YubiKey 5 series in your choice of USB-A; USB-A and NFC; USB-C; and USB-C and Lightning. But with the new YubiKey 5C NFC announced today, you no longer have to choose between being able to plug your dongle into a USB-C port. or the convenience of NFC authentication, which lets you simply press your key on your device – now you can purchase a key that offers both.
Hardware keys provide an additional layer of account security by requiring you to plug in the key or touch it on your device when trying to sign in. This makes it a good alternative to two-factor SMS authentication, which can be intercepted by hackers more easily than things like security keys or codes from an authenticator app like Authy.
The YubiKey 5C NFC is available today and costs $ 55, which is $ 5 more than the standard YubiKey 5C, and Yubico says it supports iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux. And if you’re investing in a security key, check out our guide on how to use it.