May 17th, 2011 by Ken Chang
So yesterday, a small package arrived in the mail for me! For those of you who haven’t heard of the Yubikey (I certainly hadn’t), it’s a great little USB device that generates a One-Time Password (OTP) at the press of a button.
You can configure the Yubikey, which supports 2 identities based on the length of time you press the button, to generate different types of passcodes from a static password to a challenge-response string.
What I really like about the Yubikey, and is what got me interested in it, is not only is there an API you can tie into, Yubico’s authentication server is open-source and freely available to download which means you can roll into your own personal applications!
I’m still digging into the possibilities of the Yubikey but right now, I’m pretty excited about the whole thing! For those of you who want to get even fancier, there are RFID versions and even one that’s compatible with Symantec VIP, all of which are quite inexpensive to buy from Yubico’s online store!