Sveaborg painting by A Ehrensvard
YubiKey plugged into laptop with mobile phone nearby

Yubico history

1748 - Augustin Ehrensvard designs an innovative fortress to protect Sweden against Russia, and is later ennobled by the Swedish king for this work.  

2007 - Yubico is founded in Sweden with the mission to protect all internet citizens, making secure login easy and available to everyone.

2008 - YubiKey 1.0 is launched. Inventors are Jakob Ehrensvard (electronic computer engineer, and direct lineage to the fortress designer) and Stina Ehrensvard (industrial product designer).

2009-2017 - Yubico team grows and adds new features to the initial YubiKey OTP in the following order: OATH, static password, OpenPGP, nano form factor, NFC, PIV, FIDO U2F, touch-to-sign and USB-C.

FIDO U2F history

2011 - Ehrensvards move to Silicon Valley to realize Yubico’s mission.

2012 - Yubico and Google create U2F, with validation from NXP. Jakob Ehrensvard, Yubico CTO, introduces the concept of an authenticator that can work with any number of services, with no shared secrets.

2013 - Yubico and Google contribute the U2F technical specifications to the FIDO Alliance, and then join as board members.

2014 - Google launches support in Gmail and Chrome. Yubico and Google publish open source code for clients and servers.

2015 - The FIDO U2F technical working group adds NFC for wireless mobile communication, and Yubico launches YubiKey NEO with NFC. Dropbox and GitHub make support.  

2016 - The UK government (through identity provider Digidentity), Dashlane,, and many more services make support for U2F. Mozilla commences development in Firefox. FIDO starts developing FIDO 2.0, a next generation specification covering more use cases, while the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) begins standardizing browser-based Web Authentication.

2017 - Yubico launch USB-C YubiKey, including for U2F.

2018 - Yubico Launches Passwordless Login with new Security Key and FIDO2.