Making Windows 10 More Personal With Windows Hello
On Tuesday March 31st, Microsoft announced a new feature planned to be available with Windows 10 that we mostly only see in the movies or in high-tech security buildings. Windows Hello, a feature that allows users to access computers and devices running Windows 10 via face recognition, iris identification, or fingerprint matching. Also, Microsoft Passport, an extension of Hello, will be available. Passport is “a programming system that IT managers, software developers and website authors can use for signing into websites and applications.” Passport will use Hello to recognize the user, “who then can access websites and apps deploying Passport without the need for a password.”
Passwords and codes are used to “protect” just about everything these days and with as many applications at work and at home that we use it can be a nightmare to remember them all or even come up with to be “strong” enough. Passwords are also easily hackable, which can be a severe threat since many people end up using the same password for a number of their devices and services. Biometric authentication, Microsoft is emphasizing, is highly secure. “Your ‘biometric signature’ is secured locally on the device and shared with no one but you. It is only used to unlock your device and ‘Passport’. It is never used to authenticate you over the network.”
Biometric authentication is already somewhat popular with cell phones that have fingerprint locks built into them. This may be less popular on desktops where scanners may need to be purchased separately. “The inclusion of facial and iris recognition in Windows may boost the popularity of biometric authentication on computing devices.” It’s believed that this is the beginning of a trend, that we will begin to see biometric authentication more frequently now that it will become so readily available to us all.
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