A brief timeline of Web Authentication (WebAuthn)

…And how support grew at companies including Google, Apple, GitHub, Twitter and Yubico.

Web Authentication has slowly and in some cases quietly been building up momentum across the web for several years now, the pace is now speeding up quite rapidly. Here’s a list of some dates we’ve found interesting to follow the history of this new technology as it’s emerged and grown, and thought you may find interesting too!

31st May 2016First Public Working Draft Specification by editors at Google, Microsoft, Nok Nok Labs and PayPal
23rd July 2018Google reportedly eliminate phishing of staff accounts entirely through use of external security keys such as Titan
10th April 2018Yubico releases the Security Key (YubiKey) implementing FIDO2 and WebAuthn
11th May 2018Firefox supports WebAuthn
31st May 2018Google Chrome supports WebAuthn
17th January 2019Level 1 specification became a W3 Proposed Recommendation
4th March 2019Level 1 specification became a W3 Recommendation
30th May 2019Twitter announces support
21st August 2019Github announces support
10th December 2019iOS 13.3 adds support
11th Feb 2020Apple joins FIDO
16th September 2020iOS 14 platform authentication support added (use of iPhone as authenticator)
1st April 2020Cloudflare announces support
21st April 2020WebAuthn community adoption group created
3rd June 2020Google adds support for WebAuthn security keys in Google services on iOS
19th October 2020WebKit blog post call for developers to begin testing TouchID and FaceID
22nd October 2020Google launches new WebAuthn tab for Chrome developer tools

Do you know any other important dates we should add? Drop a comment below or tag us on Twitter – @miokotech!

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Let’s Webauth Launch

I’m really proud to have recently launched Let’s Webauth out into the wild. It’s the end of October 2020 and I’ve been working on this site together with the product https://presence.mioko.tech for around six months. I have around 10 years of commercial experience in building technology for the web as well as 5 years of education prior to that, I’ve been through revolutions such as the growth of social media, widespread adoption of touch screens and apps, responsive web design, de-coupled API and javascript framework architectures, dramatic increase in cloud hosting and services. I truly believe Web Authentication the next major and far-reaching change to come to the web and so over the coming months and years I want to support and endorse it’s growth through these sites and projects!