As Yahoo started with OTP, Microsoft thinks its hight time for you to ditch your passwords. The company, which is readying Windows 10 for release later this year, just announced that its next-gen OS will include built-in support for several alternative log-in options, including fingerprint, facial and iris recognition.
Microsoft, which announced the feature on Tuesday, said users' biometric data would be stored locally on the device and kept anonymous to make sure personal data is safe from hackers. Windows Hello will only be available on new devices that are capable of running the new feature. Chip-maker Intel said all machines incorporating its RealSense F200 sensor will run Windows Hello.
In addition, Microsoft has another feature (codenamed "Passport") that allows you to enter a password and then re-authenticate by typing in a PIN that's encrypted on the device itself. Once you've entered the password, you can also log into websites that use the password-less FIDO security standard, of which Microsoft has been a big supporter. Aside from access to websites, "Passport" will also come in handy for people with lower-end systems that don't have the requisite sensors for a biometric log-in.
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In the meantime, Microsoft is already working with both device manufacturers, as well as companies that makes the sensors themselves. Apple and Samsung have already begun putting fingerprint sensors on their smartphones, and other types of biometrics are being developed across a range of products and services.
Belfiore said "there will be plenty of exciting new Windows 10 devices to choose from which will support Windows Hello," and that if the device already has a fingerprint reader, it will be compatible with the new authentication system.
For facial or iris detection, "Windows Hello uses a combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is you not a picture of you or someone trying to impersonate you," he wrote.
"The cameras use infrared technology to identify your face or iris and can recognize you in a variety of lighting conditions."