YubiKey 5 Series Adds FIDO2/WebAuthn Support

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile, Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Yubico today announced its YubiKey Series 5 family of multi-protocol security keys. The new keys now support FIDO2/WebAuthn, in addition to previous support for FIDO U2F, PIV (smart card), OpenPGP, Yubico OTP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, and challenge-response. And one of the new keys supports NFC as well.

“The YubiKey 5 Series is the industry’s first set of multi-protocol security keys to support FIDO2/WebAuthn, the open authentication standard that Yubico helped to pioneer, along with Microsoft and others,” Yubico’s Jerrod Chong writes. “All leading platforms and browsers have either made support or are engaged in this standards work, expanding authentication choices using authentication devices, such as a YubiKey, with or without a username and password.”

So what is FIDO2/WebAuthn exactly? This is the technology that Microsoft has co-created to help put an end to passwords. It’s an open standard and widely adopted by platform makers. And it is integrated across the Microsoft stack, from Windows to Edge to the firm’s online services.

“This will allow Microsoft customers to use any Microsoft identity – both personal Microsoft accounts and organizational identities based on Azure Active Directory – to sign-in using a FIDO device instead of a password on any FIDO2 compatible device or browser,” Microsoft explained back in April.

The YubiKey 5 Series includes the YubiKey 5 Nano, YubiKey 5C, YubiKey 5C Nano, and the YubiKey 5 NFC. Each can be used in single-factor, two-factor (username/password + key) or multi-factor (passwordless + PIN + touch) scenarios. And as its name suggests, the YubiKey 5 NFC provides a tap-and-go NFC-based experience.

The keys are available now and cost $45 to $60 depending on model.

 

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