On Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Yubico YubiKey bio authentication dongle leverages biometrics for added protection

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 desktop computers, supports contemporary FIDO2/WebAuthn and U2F protocols in 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 level YubiEnterprise subscription can also get YubiKey upgrades to YubiKey Bio.

The YubiKey Bio series reinvents biometric authentication on a security key. Its three-chip architecture allows the biometric fingerprint hardware to be stored in a separate secure element that provides enhanced protection against physical attacks. The YubiKey Bio acts as a single, secure root of trust that allows the user to authenticate with the same key across multiple desktop devices, operating systems, and applications.

In keeping with Yubico’s philosophy of innovation and design, the YubiKey Bio requires no batteries, drivers or associated software. The new security keys integrate with native biometric enrollment and management features supported in the latest platforms and operating systems. Once a YubiKey Bio is set up, users will enjoy secure second factor and passwordless logins for FIDO-supported desktop services 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 of Yubico. The YubiKey Bio enables desktop biometric login with all applications and services supporting FIDO protocols and works immediately 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 for biometric authentication as outlined in the WebAuthn and FIDO2 specifications.

Yubico is always striving to innovate, whether through YubiEnterprise subscription and YubiEnterprise delivery, or adding additional protocol support and features to products, like the YubiKey Bio. Learn more about the capabilities and specifications of the YubiKey Bio series here. Also, join Yubico’s upcoming webinar at 10:00 a.m. PT on Monday, October 18 to discuss strong biometric authentication.

For customers looking for more form factors, protocols, and NFC support, they can get a YubiKey 5 series instead of the YubiKey Bio. To determine which key best suits your needs, take this quiz.

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