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Review: YubiKey 5C NFC


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Here is our review of the YubiKey 5C NFC.

Keep your online accounts safe from hackers with the YubiKey. Trustworthy and easy-to-use, it’s your key to a safer digital world.

  • Convenient and portable: The YubiKey 5 C NFC fits easily on your keychain, making it convenient to carry and use wherever you go, ensuring secure access to your accounts at all times. Simply plug in via USB-C or tap on your NFC-enabled device to authenticate.
  • Versatile compatibility: Supported by Google and Microsoft accounts, password managers and hundreds of other popular services. It works with Windows, macOS, ChromeOS and Linux. “Works With YubiKey” lists compatible services.
  • Multi-protocol: YubiKey 5 Series is the most versatile security key supporting multiple authentication protocols including FIDO2/WebAuthn (hardware bound passkey), FIDO U2F, Yubico OTP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, Smart card (PIV) and OpenPGP.
  • Durable and reliable: High quality design and resistant to tampering, water, and crushing. No batteries or network connectivity required, offering dependable authentication without any downtime. Securely manufactured in USA & Sweden.

Yubico Authenticator App – Compatible with the safest authenticator app experience across mobile and desktop.

What’s in the box?

The box contains the YubiKey.

Final Thoughts

Your account security is paramount – the last thing you want is for someone else to log into one or more of your accounts and have access to your data all because you used the same password on every account or because your password was very easy to guess. This is where YubiKey comes in – the YubiKey is used to authenticate you so that you can access those accounts or services. Without the YubiKey you cannot gain access, thus making the account very secure.

The YubiKey really is small – you can easily slip it into your pocket or your bag, but as its so small and lightweight you might want to put it on your keyring so it doesn’t get lost. There is a hole to fit it to a keyring to make things even easier for you.

You need to register your YubiKey with each service you want to use it with. It is worth checking that the service you want to use is supported by YubiKey – just check their website to see the list.

Yubico recommend that you also have a backup YubiKey and that you register that at the same time as well. For this review we only had the one Yubikey.

The process of registering is simple, you set up the YubiKey with the service by following the steps from the service you have chosen (for example Google or Apple), then the YubiKey is ready to use. You can register multiple services onto the same YubiKey so you won’t need to have lots of them!

When the time comes to use it, enter your login credentials and then you either plug in the YubiKey or hold it near your device to use the NFC element of the YubiKey, then tap the Y on the key. And that’s it – it really is that simple!

The YubiKey 5C NFC is a really great device and protects your accounts from someone accessing them with just a password. Without the YubiKey the account cannot be accessed, which really bolsters the security of your account. Just don’t lose your YubiKey – that’s why Yubico recommend having a backup key just in case – although you will want to keep that somewhere safe and secure!

The YubiKey 5 supports multiple authentication protocols including FIDO2/WebAuthn (hardware bound passkey), FIDO U2F, Yubico OTP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, Smart card (PIV) and OpenPGP.

The YubiKey doesn’t have a battery so there are no concerns about it not working when you need it urgently. It’s also IP68 rated which means it’s water and dust resistant too!

There is also an app that enables you to check the YubiKey and

If security is important to you then you really should look at getting a YubiKey – or maybe two!

The YubiKey 5C NFC is available now priced around €55. There are a number of different YubiKeys available if USB-C or NFC isn’t right for you.

You can learn more from the Yubico website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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