With technology evolving and hackers having even more ways of breaching into systems, tech companies need to be one step ahead of them. With the new Windows Hello, Microsoft is planning to use fingerprint, face and eye recognition instead of passwords thus minimizing the risk of cyber theft.
On Tuesday March 17, the company announced that the currently under development Windows 10 will feature the Windows Hello technology. Users will be able to unlock their devices with the help of their fingerprints, their face or eyes. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s corporate VP of operating systems described talked about this new technology in a recent blog post:
“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.”
Windows Hello comes in a time of constant cyber threat. Hackers are more powerful than ever, managing to break into systems belonging to various companies, financial establishments and even government departments. This is why, there is a need for a better way to secure one’s device.
Passwords have become much too easy for hackers to obtain. And if the person uses the same array of letters and numbers for multiple websites, a hacker has the possibility to breach into all those sites at once, stealing any possible information.
In August of last year, Russian hackers managed to break into systems belonging to thousands of websites, stealing 1.2 billion usernames and passwords.
Windows Hello will operate using biometric authentication which uses the person’s unique physical features thus placing a great security obstacle between devices and cyber thieves.
Many people are concerned that hackers will find ways to get pass this technology but Belfiore see no reason to fear. He explained:
“We understand how critical it is to protect your biometric data from theft, and for this reason your ‘biometric signature’ is secured locally on the device and shared with no one but you.”
This technology will be targeting both individual users but also businesses in all industries as it features “enterprise-grade” security. Belfiore detailed:
“It’s a solution that government, defense, financial, health care and other related organizations will use to enhance their overall security, with a simple experience designed to delight.”
The new Windows 10 operating system should be released later this year.
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