BrandArena: Microsoft will make passwords a thing of the past with “Windows Hello”

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Microsoft will make passwords a thing of the past with “Windows Hello”

Windows 10 so far looks to be feature-packed, but Microsoft wants to make it even better while addressing security issues at the same time and protecting your passwords. Microsoft wants to eliminate the use of passwords and make signing into your machine seamless and hassle-free, and they intend to do so with a feature called "Windows Hello" and "Passport".

Windows Hello is an authentication system which allows for seamless and secure user recognition and sign-in options through the use of various biometrics. These biometrics include facial recognition, iris and fingerprint scanning in order to unlock your Windows 10 devices.

Windows Hello introduces system support for biometric authentication – using your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock your devices – with technology that is much safer than traditional passwords. You– uniquely you– plus your device are the keys to your Windows experience, apps, data and even websites and services – not a random assortment of letters and numbers that are easily forgotten, hacked, or written down and pinned to a bulletin board. Modern sensors recognize your unique personal characteristics to sign-you-in on a supporting Windows 10 device.

Microsoft Passport will work by having you authenticate your identity and that you have the device in your possession. If the device has Windows Hello compatible hardware then it will use biometrics to verify your identity on that device.

Between Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport that password, which can be the weak link in our online security, becomes a thing of the past.

Personally, I can't wait to share the new experience!

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