Yubico Launches YubiKey with Challenge-Response Capability

Yubico adds optional challenge-response authentication feature to its popular YubiKey. This allows companies to charge for their services when the YubiKey is inserted into the USB port of the computer, as well as electronically sign data.

Sunnyvale, CA, September 18, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Yubico, the leading open source strong authentication company, has added an optional challenge-response authentication feature to its popular YubiKey. The feature was developed as a request from major gaming and IPTV companies with the need for easy and cost-efficient ways to protect their online content.

In addition to the driverless and platform independent features of the YubiKey, a tight integration with a client application can now be implemented. The challenge-response feature supports both the YubiKey OTP algorithm, as well as standard HMAC-SHA1.

The new feature enables companies providing online games and streamed media to charge for their services as long as the YubiKey is inserted in the USB port of the computer. This function also makes it possible to electronically sign data, such as account numbers and amounts in the context of a financial transaction, ensuring that this information is correct before funds are wired. Leading software encryption companies are also testing the new YubiKey firmware to enhance their security.

The new YubiKey version 2.2 is fully interoperable with early YubiKey versions, providing the same set of trusted authentication functionality. The challenge-response capability requiring client software is not applicable for most cloud services or the majority of existing YubiKey applications that makes the YubiKey's clientless interoperability of high value.

About Yubico

Yubico's core product is the YubiKey®, a unique USB-key for instant and strong authentication to networks and services. With a simple touch, the YubiKey automatically sends the user's identity and a secure one time pass code with no client software needed. The technology has been sold to thousands of customers around the globe. The company has offices in Stockholm, London and California. For more information: www.yubico.com

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