Friday, 2 October 2015

GitHub Announces To Support Universal 2nd Factor Authentication

GitHub Announces To Support Universal 2nd Factor Authentication (U2F) 
A rapidly growing open authentication standard!

When you insert them, these physical USB keys automatically generates a second-factor code. And you don't even enter a Six-digit code from Google Authentication and similar Apps. GitHub announced that its partnership with Yubico.

Two-factor authentication is a security process in which the user provides two means of identification from separate categories of credentials; one is typically a physical token, such as a card, and the other is typically something memorized, such as a security code.

The FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico is a specially designed YubiKey, relying on high-security, public-key cryptography. U2F is built to protect against phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks, allowing one U2F authenticator to access any number of services without any shared secrets.


U2F is an open authentication standard that enables internet users  to securely access any number of online services, with one single device, instantly and with no drivers or client software needed.

U2F was created by Google and Yubico, with contribution from NXP, and is today hosted by the open-authentication industry consortium FIDO Alliance.

U2F is used with USB devices, including YubiKeys, as one of many authentication methods

In order to take advantage of the security improvements provided by U2F, you'll need to purchase a hardware key. You can purchase the U2F key of your choice from a range of vendors. GitHub are partnering with Yubico, inventor of the YubiKey, co-creator of the U2F protocol, and a leading provider of U2F authenticators.

Together with Yubico we are offering discounts to GitHub users for a limited time through a special offer page where you will verify your GitHub account and place your order:

  • While supplies last, GitHub users can purchase special edition U2F Security Keys for $5 plus shipping and handling (regular price $18; 5,000 special edition keys available).
  • After the special keys are gone, all GitHub users are eligible for a 20% discount on U2F-certified YubiKeys, for a limited time.
  • In addition, all students who are eligible for the Student Developer Pack will receive a 20% discount on any U2F-certified YubiKey.


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