With the issue of security and privacy increasingly in vogue, it is not surprising that Microsoft look to take a big leap forward in these areas through Windows Hello, a new biometric identification system will come included in Windows 10, and promises to offer more comfort and security when logging into our devices.
Hello Windows can even be integrated with third party software using a platform called Microsoft Passport (someone else brings memories that name?), so we can do without passwords to log on to applications, to access protected content, or even By accessing accounts via the browser web services.
By default, Passport will work with all applications and services that use Microsoft accounts and / or accounts Azure Active Directory, but other sites can easily add support for this system.
Obviously, the use of this biometric identification will require special hardware, such as fingerprint reader, camera and / or infrared sensors for iris. However, Windows Hello promises we also work on computers that already have fingerprint readers, as is the case with many high-end laptops.
And to avoid fraud when using facial recognition, Hello Windows will use a combination of advanced hardware (such as those mentioned sensors iris) and special algorithms that will determine what is in front of the team is really our face, and not a photo, or someone trying to imitate.
Interestingly Windows Hello is that it is not only designed to provide comfort (and reduce friction in the use of phones and PCs), but also promises a level of security than that offered by current passwords, that is, to use we would not be sacrificing one thing for another. This is partly because Windows Hello is an identification system in two steps : to use it, it is required that first “validate” a device, and only then we can use biometrics to log on to his credentials.
The identification is made locally and biometric data always remain encrypted in our device
In addition, when using Windows Hello and Passport technology sites and third party applications you avoid having to send passwords to servers. The identification is made locally, biometric data always remain encrypted in our system, and Windows simply sends a “go ahead” to the service or application you want to enter. Thus it is reducing vulnerability to password theft from servers .
The purpose of Redmond is that more and more websites and applications add support for Passport, in order to use this system in most of the services we will agree. Still room for choice being left , and we can decide whether we enable the use of Windows Hello.
Soon: Phones and PCs with Windows 10 and biometric identification
In the same article which details the operation of Windows Hello, those of Microsoft make another important announcement: soon see a flood of new devices with Windows 10 that make use of this technology by default include more biometric sensors (” there will be plenty of exciting new Windows 10 to choose from Which devices will support Windows Hello “).
On the one hand, it is expected to launch Lumia phones (and other manufacturers) with fingerprint readers and other sensors. But it also expects more tablets and laptops with Windows start using technologies like Intel RealSense 3D camera, which has support for reading the iris and facial recognition better.
What do you think of this new technology? Does you would use on their computers?