COINBASE PRO- Security key restrictions

COINBASE Security key restrictions

COINBASE PRO- Security key restrictions

Coinbase's mobile apps do not support security keys.

If a security key is activated on your account, you will not be allowed to login using Coinbase iOS or Android apps. We hope to support security keys on mobile applications in the future. However, you can use Coinbase in your mobile browsers.

  • If you setup a security key, you will be able to login using selected web applications. Please note, many mobile browsers do not support security keys and support depends on the browser and version.

  • Check with your security key manufacturer to ensure they support mobile and check with your browser developer to find out if they support WebAuthN / Fido2 standard security keys.

Third party applications may have restricted functionality.

If you setup a security key, you can log in to the 3rd-party apps using Coinbase account, but you cannot perform any actions that require 2-step authentication after login. Please contact your 3rd-party application developers to find out more about future support.

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Security keys FAQ

What is a Security Key?

A security key is a physical hardware authentication device designed to authenticate access through one-time-password generation. Coinbase supports Universal Second Factor (U2F) security keys.

Supported security keys are available from a variety of vendors. Coinbase recommends buying a key that works best for your device and preferences. 

Important Note: All hardware authentication devices are not Coinbase products. If you use any other supported security keys, you'll be subject to applicable terms and conditions of use for these products, including a separate privacy policy, which may differ from Coinbase's privacy policy. You should read and understand all applicable terms for these supported security keys before using them.

Links to third-party websites will open new browser windows. Except where noted, Coinbase accepts no responsibility for content on third-party websites. 

Why is a security key more secure?

Dedicated physical hardware authentication device offer more protection than other 2FA methods like SMS and soft token TOTP apps because the credentials don?t need to be stored on a networked device.