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Password Managers and YubiKey - Where to from here?

November 07, 2019 2 min read

At Trust Panda our customers often ask us for recommendations on which password management vault we use.

For a long time our team’s answer has been 1Password, the product is great, the applications across multiple platforms are amazing and we even teamed up recently to make sure you could 1Password for families for free for three months when you follow our custom invite link.

Inherently, we believe 1Password still offers an amazing product but as a business that recommends you use your YubiKey to secure your password vault we have a problem.

If you want to use your YubiKey with your iPhone and recently produced Mac - you can go ahead with the YubiKey 5Ci knowing that you can plug it in to the lightning port on your phone or the USB-C on your Mac to authenticate.

But what if you don’t have a USB-C port on your PC or Mac? No problem here either - you’d purchase our best selling key the YubiKey 5 (NFC) that works in a traditional USB-A port on your computer and use the NFC option to authenticate with your iPhone XS or newer models that now support NFC with iOS 13.2 and later.

And this is where our hearts break regarding 1Password. As of today, they haven’t updated their iOS app to support the NFC option - you can only use the YubiKey 5Ci that plugs in to the lightning port. Worse still, we’ve had contact from both the partnerships and support teams and they have confirmed NFC support for YubiKey on iOS isn’t even on their roadmap.

So what options do you have if you want a secure password management platform today that works on your laptop that only has a traditional USB-A port? It’s simple really, you buy the YubiKey 5 NFC, head over to LastPass and sign up for their password management platform because they have already integrated the NFC option in to their iOS app and it’s ready and waiting for you.

We don’t play favourites here at Trust Panda, we think both password managers are awesome but ultimately if you don’t have USB-C port on your computer and you want to use a YubiKey, the team at AgileBits that make 1Password have just made up your mind for you.

Until next time,

Andrew & the Trust Panda Team