By now it's hopefully been drilled into you to enable two-factor authentication on your online accounts, giving you more protection than a password alone. And while the most ubiquitous second factor is a numeric code sent to your smartphone via an app, physical tokens that you plug into your computer have become increasingly popular. And now they're angling to make passwords obsolete. On Monday, the hardware authentication company Yubico is announcing a new generation of its physical YubiKey tokens that support password-less login. The Series 5 YubiKeys get this streamlined mojo from FIDO2, a new version of an open source standard that facilitates secure authentication. As companies like Microsoft adopt the standard over the next few months, all you'll need for a secure log-in is to plug in and tap your new YubiKey. That's it. "We rely on so many static credentials like passwords or your mother’s maiden name—it's everywhere," says Jerrod Chong, senior vice president of … [Read more...] about The New YubiKey Will Help Kill the Password
Everything you need Polished excellence Samsung made a big watch that does a little bit of anything and runs on just about everything. Its most important feature is the battery, which can get 4+ days of us when set up correctly. $349 at Amazon Pros Multiple days of battery life Always-on display Hundreds of watch faces to choose from Unique bezel navigation system Cons Kind of big for what it is App selection is pretty basic Apple's latest wearable is polished, comfortable to wear, and can get you a little more than a day's use if you're not too active. Its biggest strength is the wealth of fitness apps at your disposal. $429 at Apple Pros Sleek, thin design Fitness tracking is excellent Impressive haptics Polished UI Cons Battery is just okay No third party watch faces No always-on mode iOS Only The price of longevity, the cost of elegance Smartwatches strike an often clumsy balance between trying to look like a watch and act like a gadget. A lot of this is because … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch vs. Apple Watch Series 4: Which should you buy?
Yubico, the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys, has today unveiled the latest update to its hardware-based security keys, the YubiKey 5 Series. This latest update is the industry's first multi-protocol security keys supporting FIDO2. Must read: iOS 12 features you should try today This means that a single security key can support FIDO2, FIDO U2F, smart card (PIV), Yubico OTP, OpenPGP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, and Challenge-Response. The YubiKey 5 NFC goes a step further by making all this available using both NFC and USB for a seamless tap-and-go authentication experience across desktop, laptop and mobile with FIDO2. The NFC feature is even supported on the iPhone by the LastPass password management app. YubiKeys are a quick, easy, and affordable way to protect your Google account, Facebook, GitHub, Dropbox, Salesforce admin account, and much more, or to harden your Mac or Windows login credentials. Tech specsSupported protocols: FIDO2, FIDO U2F, smart … [Read more...] about YubiKey 5: First multi-protocol security keys with FIDO2 support
here's the Samsung Note 9 Last month I posted my full review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, but think I may need to write another article as my experiences with it have improved after more extended usage. It has moved into the 9+ range and is quickly becoming my favorite smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch is a fantastic smartwatch, but there are buried settings that take it to the next level and I've been answering many questions on social networks and via email since my review went live. Samsung marketing promotes the always-on watch face, battery life up to four days, advanced sleep tracking with REM measurements included, auto detection of some workouts, and regular stress tracking. These are indeed all present and possible, but you may be frustrated if you just open the box, charge up, and go to find that these experiences are not happening. Let me help you out here and I think these actions will increase your satisfaction with the Galaxy Watch.How can I increase … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Watch: How to adjust settings and configure your personal preferences