YubiKey can now be used to log into Windows PCs

Joanna Estrada
October 20, 2019

In a nutshell: In an age where more people are falling victim to hackers, hardware security keys are becoming increasingly popular.

The app has been in testing for around six months and Yubico says it's taken that time to listen to feedback and outline a plan for improvements.

To try out the Windows login application, you can sign up to join the public preview program on Yubico's website. In the blog post announcing the app's availability, Yubico lists four primary benefits of using Yubico Login for Windows. After installation on a Windows machine, the Yubico key can be used as a second layer of authentication. It offers simple configuration for up to 10 individual users and fast enrollment for backup YubiKeys. When installed on a Windows PC, it allows your Windows login to be protected by a hardware security key inserted into a USB port.

"For computers joined to cloud-based AAD, passwordless authentication with the YubiKey is now supported in Azure AD preview".

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