Hardware Token Management (YubiKey)

The YubiKey is a type of hardware token that makes LEA 2-Step as simple as possible.  Instead of a code being texted to you, or generated by an app on your phone, you press a button on your YubiKey. That's it. Each device has a unique code built on it, which is used to generate codes that help confirm your identity. Yubikeys have to be individually purchased by you and will not be issued by the university. However, the use of Yubikeys is not limited to LEA 2-Step and can be used for securing personal services such as Gmail.

You can purchase Yubikeys (or similar) tokens from online retailers such as Amazon.com and Newegg.com.  For LEA 2-Step, the hardware token must be WebAuthn compatible. 

Although YubiKeys are convenient, we recommend the use of the Duo Mobile App if you have a smartphone.

Hardware tokens, like Yubikeys, are generally designed with browser-based applications such as, Office365, Gmail, and Banner Admin Pages. However, they are currently not compatible with desktop-based applications such as, Office (Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Teams). Therefore you will need to use the "PUSH" via Duo Mobile, Passcode, or Text message-based second step for applications not compatible with hardware tokens.

For a detailed guide to Security keys and Duo optionally visit “https://guide.duo.com/security-keys

How do I install a Hardware Token (Yubikey)?

Open a computer.

  • Open a compatible browser. (Compatible browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari).
  • Go to https://lamar.edu/lea2step.
  • Click on "Get Started with LEA 2-Step or Manage your registered devices".
  • Log in with your LEA username and password.

Yubi Login


This link will provide specific OS and browser version information.


  • Click the "Start setup" button to begin the installation process.

 Yubi StartUp

  • Select "Security Key (Yubikey, Feitian, etc.) and press "Continue".

Yubi Type

  • Click "Continue" to enroll the Security Key.

Yubi Enroll

A separate window will open.

Yubi Insert

If not already inserted, insert the hardware token into the computer's USB port and tap contact on the key.

Yubi Allow

Following a successful install, the message below should be displayed.

Yubi Success

You will be returned to the following page indicating that a new security key was "JUST ADDED".

 Yubi Added

  • Click "Save" to complete token installment.

You will now be prompted to insert and touch the Hardware Token to authenticate, every time you wish to access LU services off-campus.