[CALUG] Yubico keys

Walt Smith waltechmail at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 2 18:58:57 EDT 2011

Thanks for the very informative answer, and the link.


Celebrating over 13,000 emails in my Yahoo Inbox !

--- On Tue, 8/2/11, Chuck Frain <chuck at chuckfrain.net> wrote:

> From: Chuck Frain <chuck at chuckfrain.net>
> Subject: Re: [CALUG] Yubico keys
> To: "Walt Smith" <waltechmail at yahoo.com>
> Cc: calug at unknownlamer.org
> Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 2:43 PM
> The Yubikey with RFID is, quite
> simply, the Yubikey with an RFID tag.
> The RFID portion works the same as other implementations
> such as how the
> credit cards with built in RFID work with the readers at
> the stores
> today. Just wave it by the reader and the information is
> transfered. 
> In order to use the RFID part of the Yubikey at home, you
> must have a
> RFID reader available. Most people today do not have them
> sitting
> around, but they are not too far off to be practical. So if
> you are not
> going to use the RFID portion of the key, you don't need
> anything more
> than a USB port on your computer to use the key. 
> The form factor of the Yubikey is more that of a USB
> thumbdrive with a
> button on it and about half the thickness of the typical
> drive.
> As to why so many people are getting them? That varies.
> Many people have
> been thinking about it and the $25 price point for the
> regular key, and
> $35 for the RFID key, are too high. Buying in bulk brings
> it down to a
> reasonable price for something that is a nice to have item.
> Again, due
> to the bulk pricing, it puts the RFID version in a sweet
> spot for those
> who want to play with and research the technology. 
> Check out their website http://www.yubico.com/yubikey to see if the
> base key is something that would interest you. If not, pass
> on it as the
> RFID portion is, at this point, mostly interesting to those
> doing 
> research with or are early adopters of the technology. 
> Me, I want to play with the Yubikey and the RFID is a bit
> of
> future-proofing. 
> On Tue, 02 Aug 2011, Walt Smith wrote:
> > 
> > general Q:
> > 
> > I'm sure there's one or two others like me who
> > don't know what this RFID key is or how easy it is to
> > use.
> > 
> > I know that the chip has a small circuit which would
> > receive a small RF burst, and then send out data on
> RF.
> > Or is this a swipe situation?
> > 
> > Is the form like a credit card ( silicon chip glued on
> )?
> > And how much other equipment would you need to
> > use it ?   Why do so many people have
> an interest ?
> -- 
> Chuck Frain 
> GPG Key: B2420431
> http://www.chuckfrain.net

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