WLUG meeting

The Yubikey is one time password generator that conveniently connects a USB keyboard to your PC. It is port powered and small enough to kept on your keyring [1].

The Yubikey uses Yubico's authentication server and can be used conveniently with Lastpass.com to provide two factor authentication to your online password vault. Third parties have written yubikey authentication mechanisms to secure restricted access to Apache webservers. There are many other applications and there are alternative hardware yubikeys capable of connection to smart phones.

The authentication server technology is open source allowing users to create their own authentication servers. Yubico provides their service for free. At roughly $US25 a key, the technology is very competitively priced (cf RSA tokens) and well within the price range of most enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Google doesn't (yet) provide it as an option for their two factor authentication.

The presenter will talk about lastpass.com and apache authentication.

[1] https://www.yubico.com/products/yubikey-hardware/yubikey/

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  • Eric L.

    I was given a YubiKey as part of the delegate pack at LCA2011. It's been sitting there waiting for me to make use of it for years. Super keen to see it in action :)

    May 29, 2014

    • Chris O.

      I know you weren't able to make the presentation but have you tried using it yet?

      1 · July 30

    • Eric L.

      Yeah, GUTTED that I missed it. Had the day pile up on me :)

      I can't even FIND my Yubikey at the moment. I'm relatively certain it's within five metres of my current location. But no, I never tried actually putting it to use.

      1 · July 30

  • Chris O.

    http://opensource.yubico.com/
    More resources for the yubikey

    July 28

  • Chris O.

    I should have been more accurate. You can sort of hack your yubikey to do two factor authentication with Gmail but it's certainly not out of the box.

    Maybe if I get it going, it could be another thing to present.

    May 28, 2014

    • Chris O.

      An update. I have figured out two factor authentication using the yubikey for google accounts.

      2 · July 27

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