Yubico is making secure authentication even more affordable

Yubico Security Key C NFC
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Yubico is expanding its lineup of security keys with a brand new model for individuals that enables secure authentication on devices featuring USB-C and NFC.

The company's new blue Security Key C NFC not only enables modern, FIDO-based authentication but it's also cheaper than the devices in its YubiKey 5 FIPS Series as well as its recently released YubiKey Bio Series.

Yubico's new security key is available now for $29 (€29) and offers FIDO-only support in a USB-C form factor with NFC capabilities. However, for those looking for an affordable security key in a USB-A form factor, the company's Security Key NFC is available at an even lower cost of $25 (€25).

Security Key C NFC 

Yubico's new Security Key C NFC provides enhanced, modern security for applications, services and user accounts for both desktop and mobile authentication.

Whether you opt for the USB-A or USB-C security key, both devices support FIDO U2F and FIDO2/WebAuthn which is based on Yubico's own invention of enabling one single authenticator to work across any number of applications.

While there are many different forms of multi-factor authentication (MFA), not all are created equal. FIDO-based authentication is the only method proven to protect against both phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks.

High risk users such as journalists, elected officials, activists and others who are likely to be targeted online should consider using a security key in addition to a VPN and antivirus software to further protect themselves online. With Yubico's new Security Key C NFC, they can do so in a way that is not only affordable but also highly secure.

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.