Understanding Core Static Password Features


 

A static password requires no back-end server integration, and works with most legacy username/password solutions.

 

Using YubiKey Manager

To configure a static password using YubiKey Manager, you'll need to first download the application. Once YubiKey Manager has been downloaded, you can configure a static password using the following steps:

  1. Open YubiKey Manager

  2. Open the OTP application within YubiKey Manager, under the "Applications" tab

  3. Choose one of the slots to configure
    • Note: Slot 1 is already configured from the factory with Yubico OTP and if overwritten you would need to re-program the slot with Yubico OTP if you intend to use this feature in the future.

  4. Select "Static Password"

  5. Click "Generate" to generate a new random 38 character password. Or select Allow any character to set your own 38 character password to be written to the selected slot. 

  6. Click "Finish" to write the static password to the slot

 

Using the YubiKey Personalization Tool

To configure a static password using YubiKey Personalization Tool, you'll need to first download the application. You can configure a static password using the following steps:

  • When configured in Advanced mode, the static password can contain up to 64 characters, modhex only (you cannot choose your own password); you can add a single exclamation point (!), capital letter, and number to conform with strong password policies

    • Tip: Increase the password size to 65 characters by selecting the option to Send ! as prefix in the Advanced mode settings. An example password would be: !NN33niugtdnbblhjllctlndfljduijcebretnbjdfiueiijbftjlnkdecluvhfuf

  • When configured in Scan code mode, the static password can contain up to 38 characters; can be any ASCII 256 characters - while shorter capability in length, this option does allow custom passwords to be generated.

Note: We recommend you use the YubiKey in static password mode for only part of your password.

To do this, manually enter a simple and easy-to-remember first part of your password, then use the YubiKey to enter a strong second part of your password.

For example, you can set your password to: Sunny33rcltrcihbkkiulnveuenervidliliifv where “Sunny33” is manually entered and “rcltrcihbkkiulnveuenervidliliifv” is stored in, and entered by, the YubiKey.

 

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