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Brave Browser Announces YubiKey Support for Its iOS App

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Mon, 24/06/2019 - 19:17
Brave Browser Announces YubiKey Support for Its iOS App
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Brave has just made an announcement about its partnership with security keys manufacturer Yubico. Because of this tie-up, the company’s browser app for iOS devices now supports YubiKey.

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More than a whim

While hacks are still rampant in the crypto world, the rule of thumb is to enable 2FA to protect your account. 

However, a slew of SIM swapping incidents proved that skilled hackers are still able to find a way to intercept a six-digit code.       

YubiKey looks like a simple USB stick that can offers you an additional level of security with the help of U2F keys. 

In layman’s words, the device simply functions as a physical key. However, instead of locking your doors, it protects your accounts, such as Google, Facebook, etc.

There are quite a few alternatives on the market. The good thing about Yubico is that its soon-to-be-launched YubiKey 5Ci (which is compatible with Brave) can be supported by multiple devices, including your iPhone. Thus, you will never put the security of your account at risk.

If you happen to lose access to your YubiKey device, you can go back to 2FA before restoring it.

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“A natural fit”

According to Brave Software CEO Brendan Eich, this partnership is “a natural evolution” for the browser that priorities its users.

We’re pleased that websites with strong U2F or WebAuthn authentication support will work in Brave on iOS devices, allowing the same durable hardware security key to protect accounts on any device.

Meanwhile, Yubico CEO Stina Ehrensvard called this partnership “a natural fit.”

Brave, which held a successful ICO for its BAT token back in 2017, stands out from the crowd because of its focus on privacy and multiple security-oriented features.

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