Microsoft will make passwords a thing of the past with "Windows Hello"

Windows HelloWindows 10 so far looks to be feature-packed, but Microsoft wants to make it even better while addressing security issues at the same time and protecting your passwords. Microsoft wants to eliminate the use of passwords and make signing into your machine seamless and hassle-free, and they intend to do so with a feature called “Windows Hello” and “Passport”.

Windows Hello is an authentication system which allows for seamless and secure user recognition and sign-in options through the use of various biometrics. These biometrics include facial recognition, iris and fingerprint scanning in order to unlock your Windows 10 devices.

This system makes signing into your PC incredibly seamless, secure and almost instant just by standing in front of it.

“Windows Hello offers enterprise-grade security that will meet the requirements of organizations with some of the strictest requirements and regulations. 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.”

Once you sign in to your PC, Microsoft has enabled another feature called “Passport”.  This system is designed to replace passwords in order to sign in to apps, websites and online services which would normally require a password.

Passwords have proven to be insecure and there are many examples of hackers stealing user passwords from websites they hacked.  With Microsoft Passport, the software giant plans to eliminate this problem once and for all.

“Windows 10 will ask you to verify that you have possession of your device before it authenticates on your behalf, with a PIN or Windows Hello on devices with biometric sensors. Once authenticated with ‘Passport’, you will be able to instantly access a growing set of websites and services across a range of industries – favorite commerce sites, email and social networking services, financial institutions, business networks and more.”

This is definitely an intriguing feature and can potentially be a game changer for the industry if implemented well, and definitely something that we could expect in the next flagship phones running Windows 10.

Source: Microsoft