Yubico YubiKey 5Ci Review – Lightning Security Key and USB-C

By LucyEva 2 months ago

The latest YubiKey 5Ci has now been launched by Yubico – sporting a USB-C on one side whereas, on the other side, there is an iOS Lightning plug (a first for any security key). For almost any device, it brings exceptional protection of a USB security key.

The YubiKey 5Ci looks gorgeous, at first glance and versatile too for anyone who is looking to increase security on their most important accounts. This is specially designed for those people you need a USB security option on their iOS devices. However, it doesn’t work quite well on all applications across the board. That’s something Yubico is currently working on it. The list of applications supported by 5Ci on iOS include:

  • Okta
  • LastPass
  • 1Password
  • Idaptive
  • Bitwarden

Most interestingly, Brave browser is supporting YubiKey 5Ci for definite websites such as Login.gov, Github, Twitter, Bitbucket.org and 1Password.com. To bring addition support, Yubico is currently working with online service providers as well as iOS developers.

The other USB-C side, on the other hand, works exceptionally with any browser i.e. Chrome, Firefox or service on any operating system which supports USB security keys. Hence, you can easily plug it into your macOS, Chrome OS, Windows, Android as well as any other device directly. Currently, hundreds of devices are offering USB-C port and Yubico YubiKey 5Ci Australia becomes your only USB security key across all devices.

Of course, Yubico YubiKey 5Ci isn't the first USB security key that works fine with iOS — but since iPhone 7, the YubiKey 5 NFC has been working on all NFC equipped iOS devices. Given that the key also has a USB-A plug, compatibility is similarly flexible. Obviously, there is a need for dongles on devices that don't support USB-A or NFC inputs, making 5Ci an excellent choice for people with several device types. It could be the ideal safety key if it only had NFC. Perhaps in the following iteration.

There is another big one thing that should be noted when we speak of the caveats: the USB-C plug does not work with iPad Pro devices right now. It's unclear why, but we hope Pro users can expect this in the future.

Now, it's as simple as using a security key when it comes to using the YubiKey 5Ci. On another device, such as a computer (with USB-C of course), you should add it to your specific account. But then, you can log in to iOS accounts with it.

This time around, YubiKey 5Ci is ahead of its time – but it’s a kind of push necessary to get wide support on iOS for USB security keys. Well, it depends on developers to integrate support for that feature into their services and applications and we are hopeful that YubiKey 5Ci will encourage it.

The Pros:

  • World’s Lightning Connector
  • Compatible with Android and PCs
  • OTP Support
  • Well Customized with Advance Options

The Cons:

  • A Little Expensive
  • Apple Devices not Supported Fully
  • Stiff USB-C Plug

Yubico YubiKey 5Ci Price:

As for Yubico YubiKey 5Ci Price in Australia, one can get his/her hands on one after spending AU$103. Either it comes to Australian stores or not, we are not sure about it. However, it’s available on Yubico’s official website in two colour options to choose from – Black and White.

Author Bio


Lucy Eva

Lucy Eva is a content writer in Paylessdeal for 4 years, and a part-time contributor focused on the news and features attached to technology. She is always being excited about technology, especially about smartphones.