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Are You Authenticating Me?

20 March 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Microsoft has introduced its Windows Hello system support for biometric authentication. Using the face, iris or fingerprint to unlock devices, the technology is claimed to be much safer than traditional passwords.

Instead of a random assortment of letters and numbers that are easily forgotten, hacked, or written down and pinned to a bulletin board, modern sensors will recognise the ‘unique’ personal characteristics to sign-you-in on a supporting Windows 10 device.

Microsoft states there will be ‘plenty’ of exciting new Windows 10 devices to choose from which will support Windows Hello. If there is a device that already has a fingerprint reader, the user will be able to use Windows Hello to unlock that device.

For facial or iris detection, Windows Hello uses a combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is the correct person – not a picture or someone trying to impersonate. The cameras use infrared technology to identify the face or iris and can recognise the person in a variety of lighting conditions.

Windows Hello is claimed to offer enterprise-grade security that will meet the requirements of organisations with some of the strictest requirements and regulations. It is seen as particularly suitable for government, defence, financial, healthcare and other related organisations.

Picture:    The new Windows Hello is seen as a sophisticated system support for biometric authentication.

Article written by Robin Snow | Published 20 March 2015


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