January 27, 2021

KeyFile on usb drive vs YubiKey

Hey y’all I’m pretty new to reddit as well as personal cyber security so hopefully this is the right place to ask the question.

I currently store the keyfile for my keepass database on a flash drive. Keepass stores the path to the file, so I just have to plug in the usb drive as well as enter my password and it works. I also keep one backup on an HDD that i leave at home. For this situation is a hardware key really better?



the key-file is way better than nothing, but the content is known and visible.

the key element, in my sense, in favor of the yubikey approach is that it’s a challenge-response action based upon a secret key stored in the yubikey; this secret can not be seen nor extracted.

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