What is the YubiKey?
The YubiKey is a physical, hardware multifactor authentication device that changes passwords every time it is used. Made by Yubico, the YubiKey multifactor authentication adds security by requiring an extra login step before you are given access to something. When used with LastPass, you would login with your LastPass account email address and master password, then enter the YubiKey code when prompted, and gain access to your LastPass vault.
Once enabled with the LastPass account, the YubiKey is inserted into a USB port, the button on the YubiKey is pressed, and the device emits a One Time Password (OTP) to complete a login.
LastPass recommends the YubiKey because it is easy to use, significantly increases security, and is a cost-effective multifactor authentication option to implement for both individuals and businesses.
Benefits of Using YubiKey with LastPass
Getting Started with the YubiKey
To get started using LastPass and the YubiKey, you need:
If you have already purchased LastPass Premium or LastPass Enterprise, you can simply purchase the YubiKey and enable it when it arrives.
If you purchased the LastPass + YubiKey bundle, Yubico will send an email confirmation. In the email will be an upgrade link. Simply login to LastPass on your computer, and click the link to redeem the Premium. You can check your LastPass account status at https://lastpass.com/my.php at any time.
Enabling the YubiKey with LastPass
Once you have your YubiKey, enabling it with LastPass only takes a few steps: