Computer log-in with YubiKey
It does not matter which operating system you have installed – Windows, Mac OS X or Linux – you can use the YubiKey to protect log-in to your computer.
For the Windows setup you need:
- A local account for Windows 7 or 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- The personalization tool from Yobico. You will find this under YubiKey personalization tools (with graphic interface)
- The Windows logon tool (under the same link)
You will find step-by-step instructions for configuration in our knowledge database.
Mac OS X log-in
You can configure the YubiKey for Mac OS X using the personalization tool.
Note: It is advisable to configure the YubiKey with the HMAC-SHA1 challenge-response before you set up the security token for your computer.
You can download the Yubico instructions for setting up YubiKey two-factor authentication for Mac OS X here:
The Yubico Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) enables easy integration of the YubiKey into an existing Linux environment.
PAM is used by GNU/Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X to authenticate users.
PIV (Personal Identity Verification)
YubiKey NEO supports the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) interface.
It executes RSA or ECC sign/decrypt operations using a private key stored on the chip card over interfaces like PKCS#11.