Binance Expands YubiKey Support for Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Siamak Masnavi

Binance announced on Monday (July 22) expanded support for two-factor authentication (2FA) via Yubico's "Yubikey" hardware-based security keys.

A YubiKey security key can be purchased from Yubico for as little as $20 (in the case of their "Security Key by Yubico" product):

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A few days after Binance announced that it had suffered a security breach on May, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (aka "CZ") said via a "Security Incident Update" published on Binance's blog that the Binance team was "making significant changes to the API, 2FA, and withdrawal validation areas", and as a result, it would be improving Binance's two-factor authentication (2FA) by implementing  support for hardware-based security keys such as Yubico's YubiKey devices, and that in fact, Binance would be giving away "1,000 YubiKeys as soon as that feature is implemented."

Then, on June 27, CZ sent out a tweet that told Binance users that YubiKey support had been implemented and it was in the beta testing stage. He also explained that Binance was at that time only using a YubiKey device (for those customers that had set one up for their accounts) for verifying withdrawals:

On the same day, a Binance support article explained how users could use a YubiKey device for 2FA.

The next day, a Binance blog post announced that Binance had added support for two-factor authentication (2FA) through hardware security keys," and that this was " in addition to the SMS and Google Authenticator options supported on the website and apps."

Furthermore, this post explained that the "Binance website, both on desktop/laptop and mobile, now supports the FIDO2 open authentication standard," which means that "2FA devices that support this standard, like YubiKey, Trezor, and others, can be used as security keys" for Binance accounts. It also said that Binance's mobile apps would be adding this feature in the future.

Earlier today, Binance sent out a tweet to notify users that they can now use 2FA via security keys for "Withdraw & API", "Log In", and "Password Reset"); Binance also, once again, recommended using a YubiKey device as a security key:

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Binance. YubiKey Device Image Courtesy of Yubico.

Crypto Exchange Update: Binance, Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Huobi Global, and Poloniex

Siamak Masnavi

The "Crypto Exchange Update" covers the latest news from Binance, Bitfinex, Bitstamp, Huobi Global, and Poloniex for the week 14 October 2019 to 20 October 2019.

Binance

  • October 14: Binance announced that it would be launching the phase 9 of Binance Lending Products at 12:00 UTC on 16 October 2019. This is when 14-day fixed term lending products for BNB, BTC, BUSD, ETH, MATIC, and USDT became available.
  • October 15:
    • Binance.US listed Dash (DASH).
    • Binance and swiss firm Amun AG jointly announced the launch of a BNB Exchange-Traded Product (ETP) on the regulated segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.
    • Binance announced support for the staking of Harmony (ONE) tokens on Binance starting on 16 October 2019.
    • Binance introduced the Binance Academy mobile app (available for both iOS and Android).
  • October 16: Binance announced that the next token to go on sale on its IEO platform Binance Launchpad would be Kava (KAVA).
  • October 17:
    • Binance.US listed Algorand (ALGO) and Zcash (ZEC).
    • Binance announced that it had completed the 9th quarterly BNB coin burn (2,061,888 BNB, worth roughly $36.7 million, was burnt).
  • October 18:
    • Binance Futures increased maximum leverage from 20x to 125x for BTC/USDT contracts. 
    • Binance.US said that from 18 October 18 2019, "USD deposits are eligible for FDIC insurance coverage."

Bitfinex

On October 17, Bitfinex announced the launch of the Bitfinex Affiliate Program. Bitfinex customers who join this program and become affiliates can potentially earn "unlimited commission" by sharing invite links across their social media channels.

Bitstamp

On October 15, Bitstamp, Europe's largest crypto exchange by trading volume, announced that it is integrating Ledger Vault’s technology to "enable advanced custody options." Bitstamp and Ledger's joint press release said that Ledger Vault Ledger Vault "will provide flexible wallet tech infrastructure that will allow Bitstamp to set up a sophisticated and very secure custody system with end-to-end hardware backed transfers and a strong multi-authorization governance model, ensuring there are no single points of failure and allowing better management of assets in storage."

Huobi Global

On October 15, Huobi Global said that it had "completed the repurchase and burn of HT for Q3 2019 (a total of 11.3321 million HT, approximately equivalent to 40.6369 million USDT), of which, 8.3389 million HT was directly repurchased from the secondary market, with 2.9932 million HT derived from HT fee income."

Then, on October 18, Huobi announced that it planned to launch a fiat gateway in Turkey that will allow local investors/traders to buy Tether (USDT) with the local currency (the Turkish Lira) via their bank accounts. Then, they can trade USDT against any of the 250 cryptoassets supported by Huobi Global.

Poloniex

On October 18, Poloniex announced that it was being spun out from its parent, FinTech startup Circle, into a new company, Polo Digital Assets, Ltd., "with the backing of a major investment group" so that it would be free "to focus on the needs of global crypto traders with new features, assets and services."

Unfortunately, there was some bad news for Poloniex's U.S. customers since Polo Digital Assets won't be supporting them, which means that (i) U.S. persons will not be allowed to create accounts on Poloniex; and (ii) from 1 November 2019, U.S. customers won't be able to do any more trading on Poloniex, though they can make withdrawals via Circle until 5 December 2019.

 

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