Yubico launches YubiKey 5 Series, the multi-protocol security keys supporting FIDO2

Yubico announced the launch of the YubiKey 5 Series, the multi-protocol security keys supporting FIDO2/WebAuthn. With this new addition, the YubiKey 5 Series has the capability to replace password-based authentication with hardware-based authentication.

Yubico continues to create authentication technologies that not only work for today’s authentication scenarios, but into tomorrow’s, helping to bridge the gap from existing solutions to a future of passwordless login.

The YubiKey 5 series delivers the ease of use, high level of security, and construction expected from a YubiKey, with added authentication and communication interface functionality.

Multi-protocol in design, including FIDO U2F, smart card (PIV), Yubico OTP, OpenPGP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, and Challenge-Response on a single device, the YubiKey 5 Series now introduces FIDO2 to the lineup.

The YubiKey 5 NFC is also new to the series, incorporating all protocols support over USB and NFC for new user experiences like tap-and-go authentication across desktop, laptop and mobile with FIDO2.

“Innovation is core to all we do, from the launch of the original YubiKey ten years ago, to the concept of one authentication device across multiple services, and today as we are accelerating into the passwordless era,” said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and Founder, Yubico.

“The YubiKey 5 Series can deliver single-factor, two-factor, or multi-factor secure login, supporting many different uses cases on different platforms for different verticals with a variety of authentication scenarios.”

“Passwordless login brings a monumental change to how business users and consumers will securely log in to applications and services,” said Alex Simons, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Identity Division. “With FIDO2, Microsoft is working to remove the dependency on password-based logins, with support from devices like the YubiKey 5.”

The YubiKey 5 Series provides defense against phishing and account takeovers, enables compliance for authentication, and reduces IT costs. Technical specifications include:

  • Supported protocols: FIDO2, FIDO U2F, smart card (PIV), Yubico OTP, OpenPGP, OATH-TOTP, OATH-HOTP, and Challenge-Response,
  • Secure element hardware to protect cryptographic keys and process cryptographic operations,
  • Crypto Algorithms: RSA 4096, ECC p256, ECC p384,
  • Interface: USB-A, USB-C, and NFC (only available on YubiKey 5 NFC),
  • Works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS operating systems, and on major web browsers,
  • Manufactured and programmed in the USA and Sweden.
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