At Mt.Gox we are always looking at ways to improve the security of our platform and for our users, so we are happy to announce that as of today 1,500
of our users accounts are protected by Yubikeys!
For those who already know, we have been offering Yubico’s Yubikey 2-Factor authentication to our customers so that they have an extra layer of security on their accounts (and the piece of mind to go with it).
For those who don’t know, the YubiKey is a special USB device that provides strong two-factor authentication, combing a standard “strong password” in conjunction with a physical device that generates an encrypted One Time Password- Yubikeys are as easy to use as inserting a USB Thumb drive into your computer, and pressing a button!
The device is waterproof, battery-free, weighs just 3 grams and 3mm thin (perfect for a keychain; they even added a hole for it!). More than just being portable and handy, Yubikeys are designed to last at least 10 years and thus far has been able to withstand the demolition testing dealt out by our staff. (Seriously, we haven’t been able to break one! though we have tried.)
A stunningly practical use case for the device is for users who are using a shared computer or need to constantly jump from one PC/Mac to another; owning a Yubikey will eliminate the risk if your password stolen or leaked online *cough* and will add an irreplaceable layer of security to your data. Oh, and your bitcoins!
As you can tell, we’re quite proud of being able to offer such a practical and resilient product to our customers... and we think everyone should have one, which is why (depending on the area) we take a loss on many of the Yubikey’s we send.
Available at $29.90 USD Yubikeys can be purchased online through your Mt.Gox account and shipped to you, regardless of your location via EMS Priority!https://mtgox.com/press_release_20120215.html