Common Questions

What is WebAuthn?

WebAuthn (Web Authentication) is an API specification to enable passwordless authentication on the web via public-key cryptography. WebAuthn requires a compliant authenticator to create public-key credentials and later sign challenges to assert possession of the credential.

What is a WebAuthn authenticator?

A WebAuthn authenticator is a hardware or software entity that implements the WebAuthn specification. A compliant authenticator must be able to register a user and then later use a registered passkey to authenticate that user. Authenticators all have a minimum set of requirements but may vary in their support for certain features, signature algorithms, and attachment options.

Are FIDO2 and WebAuthn the same?

FIDO2 (Fast Identity Online 2.0) is an open authentication standard developed by the FIDO Alliance. WebAuthn, a W3C specification, is one half of that standard with the other half being FIDO’s Client-to-Authenticator-Protocol (CTAP) which enables supported browsers and operating systems to communicate with available authenticators.

Is WebAuthn 2FA/MFA?

WebAuthn is suitable for a number of use cases, including as a second factor of authentication. When using an authenticator that support user verification, WebAuthn can provide two factors of authentication in a single action. It can also be used alongside a traditional password as a phishing-resistant second factor.