Yubico Adds Biometric Authentication Security Keys

Posted on October 5, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Microsoft 365, Hardware, Mobile with 6 Comments

Yubico, the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys, announced new biometric authentication security keys today. Dubbed the YubiKey Bio Series, these new security keys come in USB-A and USB-C variants and are designed for desktop platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, as well as desktop web browsers like Chrome and Edge.

“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,” Yubico CEO and co-founder Stina Ehrensvärd says.

Yubico bills the Bio Series as its first security keys to support fingerprint recognition for secure passwordless and second-factor logins. They support FIDO2/WebAuthn and FIDO U2F  and are compatible with Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD), Citrix Workspace, Duo, GitHub, IBM Security Verify, Okta, and Ping Identity. Fingerprint templates are stored on-device in a separate security element.

YubiKey Bio – FIDO Edition (USB-A) costs $80 while YubiKey C Bio – FIDO Edition (USB-C) costs $85. You can learn more from the Yubico website.

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6 responses to “Yubico Adds Biometric Authentication Security Keys”

  1. MoopMeep

    Does this work with windows?

    I have the yubico key 5 nfc, that I probably bought like 2 years ago.

    I kinda remember having trouble, like windows didn't have all the pieces to make this work and yubico didn't have the pieces to make it work. I think it only worked for specific things in windows at the time....... I think...... does it work correctly now?

    I was kinda excited about it at the time, after trying for awhile I became disappointed.

    • bbennett40

      Per the first paragraph "designed for desktop platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS". Per the first page on Yubico's website " works out-of-the-box with operating systems and browsers including Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Linux, Chrome, and Edge".

      • MoopMeep

        I'm wondering if anyone has really tried it. With yubico key 5, the website was mostly marketing docs, so it made it sound really good. Then when I tried it, I found it disappointing because it didn't seem to be fully implemented, it only worked for certain things.... I think it didn't work for login to windows...... so I am just wondering if anyone gives this new version the thumbs up.

        • bluvg

          Depends how you want to log into Windows and what kind of login it is (AD, AAD, MSA, etc.). Also, at one point Microsoft supported FIDO for Windows 10 login, then broke it, then fixed it. I can confirm it does work and that it's slick, but there are lots of details depending how you want to do it.

      • wright_is

        It is recognised and can be used to unlock third party services on each platform. But there was no Windows Hello support and Microsoft castrated the old Yubico Windows 7 app that allowed token based logon.

        So, the Yubikeys work in Windows 10, but they can't be used to log onto Windows 10.

  2. bluvg

    Bummer it doesn't also support PIV etc. like the 5 series. Hopefully that's coming soon.