Microsoft is touting a new feature in Windows 10 called Windows Hello. The new feature will allow you to unlock your computer with a fingerprint, iris, or your face. Once the computer is unlocked you will use Microsoft Passport to login to all of your websites. Microsoft's vision is to get rid of the password and authenticate to your computer with something that cannot be hacked.
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.
There will be plenty of devices that will support Windows Hello too. Devices using fingerprint readers or iris scanners will all be included. Imagine a world where you authenticate to your phone or computer with a biometric instead of a password. It looks like we will be able to dump the password as an authentication tool within the near future. Very cool!
Microsoft says they are doing this for security more than convenience. It will be difficult for a hacker to grab your fingerprint, or scan your face. Watch the video above for the overview of Windows Hello. It looks very promising.
Tags: Windows 10