New YubiKey 5C NFC Security Key brings NFC in addition to USB Type-C connection

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Yubico releases YubiKey 5C NFC that allows users to authenticate through either near-field communication (NFC) or USB Type-C connection

the security key maker Yubico on Wednesday announced the release of its new YubiKey 5C NFC. YubiKey 5C series is its latest security key which offers the users to authenticate through either near-field communication (NFC) or USB Type-C connection.

Yubico is one of the foremost companies offering hardware-based security keys for authentication. Earlier in July 2020, YubiKey had unveiled the Clear Limited Edition of YubiKey 5Ci. As the name states, unlike the original YubiKey 5Ci, the clear edition has the-security internal components encased in a transparent durable fiberglass-reinforced housing.

Up to now, YubiJKey has been offering separate keys for NFC and USB Type-C authentication but now the new YubiKey 5C NFC combines both. YubiKey says that this is one of its “most sought-after security keys.” The YubiKey 5C NFC can be used to authenticate on many emails, IAM, VPN, social media, collaboration, and password management services accessed through smartphones, laptops, and desktop computers running Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, or iPhones/iPads.

YubiKey 5C NFC supports authentication protocols like FIDO2 (WebAuthn), FIDO U2F, PIV, OATH-HOTP, and OATH-TOTP, OpenPGP, YubiOTP, and challenge-response.

The YubiKey 5C NFC is available for $55 a pop. The company says that its security keys are protected against physical damage by a fiberglass-reinforced body and military-grade hardened gold. YubiKey 5C NFC is also said to be water- and crush-resistant.

While the majority of users use software-based authentication methods, hardware-based security keys are said to be the best authentication method. While security keys are considered a highly secure and efficient authentication solution but, just like any other product, they can also have vulnerabilities. Last year, Yubico replaced YubiKey FIPS security keys after it was discovered to be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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