Using YubiKey with Google Accounts

How to set up a YubiKey to protect Google Accounts?

With hardware security keys you can get the additional protection of two-factor authentication to make your login procedure secure. Follow these step-by-step instructions to easily set up a U2F Security Key with Google Accounts.

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Step 1: Add a YubiKey to your account

 

  • On your computer, using Google Chrome go to the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account. Don’t insert your YubiKey yet.
  • Select Choose another option, and then Select Security Key.

Setting up 2FA in Google Accounts

  • Select Next.
  • Insert your YubiKey and touch the button or the gold-colored edge.
  • If you have a notification in the top left, asking you for a permission to see the model of your security key, select Allow or Block
    • Selecting Allow is only needed if you want to get advanced support with troubleshooting in the future.
  • Follow the instructions provided on the screen to complete setting up the YubiKey with your account.

 

Step 2: Sign in using your YubiKey

 

Now your account is protected with the second factor authenticator. Follow this procedure whenever you need to sign into your Google Account:

  • Insert your YubiKey into a USB port on your computer.
  • Sign in to your Google Account.
  • When your YubiKey starts blinking, touch the button or the gold-colored edge.
    • Want a computer that you use regularly to log in without the security key? Check the box Remember this computer for 30 days.
    • Have no YubiKey with you? Click Use a verification code.

 

Using Microsoft Edge, Opera or Firefox?

 

Browsers other than Google Chrome support using U2F Security Keys, but registering a key is only supported with Chrome since version 38.

FIDO U2F support in browsers:

  • Google Chrome: starting from version 38 (Using and registering keys)
  • Microsoft Edge: starting from build 17723 (only using keys)
  • Opera: starting from version 40 (only using keys)
  • Mozilla Firefox: starting from version 57, enabled by default since version 60 (only using keys)

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