Today, we’re excited to announce YubiKey multi-factor authentication for LastPass iOS users! We’ve partnered with Yubico and have had YubiKey NEO support for Android for many years now. With Apple recently opening up NFC, the support for iOS devices is a giant leap forward in enhancing mobile security for all of our users.
By 2020, 72% of the American workforce is expected to be remote or ‘deskless’ meaning that more and more employees will be relying on their smartphones to get their work done. And many individuals have already stopped replacing their laptops, relying on tablets or their smartphones as a replacement. This means so much of our personal and work life is on our phones, and we need to take extra steps to ensure the information we store there is secure.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a critical step for securing data on our laptops and mobile devices. From desktop to mobile, LastPass and the YubiKey offer a seamless password management experience that leverages strong, reliable MFA across multiple browsers and devices to keep your passwords safe.
With the launch of Yubico’s new Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS, developers can now leverage the strength and security of hardware-backed YubiKey MFA by easily building in support for one-time password (OTP) authentication via NFC into mobile apps for iPhone users. Using a separate hardware device to authenticate increases the security of your account because it requires physical possession of your mobile device and your YubiKey.
LastPass is the first password manager to enhance its security for mobile login on iPhones with Yubico OTP authentication through NFC. This means that LastPass users with an iPhone 7 or above, running iOS 11, can now authenticate to their LastPass Premium, Families, Teams, or Enterprise accounts on their mobile device with the same YubiKey NEO that they use for their desktop or laptop. Users can touch the YubiKey NEO to the iPhone to wirelessly transfer a Yubico OTP and securely authenticate to the application. Check out how easy this is in the video below.
We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Yubico on this new functionality that allows the LastPass community to enable greater security measures on all of their devices, and we look forward to more innovative updates like this in the future!