The release of Windows 10 took place only a week ago and already innumerable PCs have upgraded to this latest operating system from Microsoft. The latest OS has features which are apt for today’s cloud-connected world. You can now surf the web without worrying each time about data security with new features of Windows 10. Features like the Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello have made Windows 10 an OS with stronger authentication facilities. This comes as great news as we all know how cyber criminals have exploited passwords in recent years.
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Microsoft Passport can be integrated with Microsoft Account, Microsoft Azure Active Directory account, Active Directory (AD) account or other non-Microsoft services that support Fast ID Online authentication. Users have to enroll in Microsoft Passport once and they gain access to their PC and all the services or applications. This is done after they use a PIN or Windows Hello and authenticate with Microsoft Passport.
This feature does not use passwords for authentication. Rather it depends on gestures or biometric methods. Phishing scam risks automatically get minimized when there are no passwords to compromise. Since the feature uses keys generated within Trusted Platform Modules, the chances for server breaches are also decreased.
— Microsoft Developer (@msdev) August 9, 2015
This feature of the latest OS version makes Microsoft Passport even stronger. It includes iris scanning, fingerprint scanning and facial recognition. If you have seen the TV campaign related to Windows 10, you might have got an idea about what Windows Hello could provide. The campaign shows babies across the globe and depicts a technology situation they will grow up with, which starts with the capacity to log in with just a smile.
The facial recognition feature of Windows Hello has garnered the maximum attention. Equipped with the right camera technology, a Windows 10 PC will simply identify you and authenticate you as you sit in front of your computer.
However, the difficulty lies in finding a PC which is fitted with the right camera technology. The facial recognition feature simply just not match an image of your face like other facial recognition systems. An Intel RealSense 3D camera is required for Windows Hello. The camera identifies depth and recognizes your unique personal characteristics which go beyond the surface image. So, just showing your image in your smartphone won’t unlock the computer for you.
With Windows 10, it’s time for the end of passwords. This obsolete form of authentication has to die and give way to more reliable modes of authentication. You will also be saved from the pain of creating and remembering complex passwords which still get hacked.
— paulrobichaux (@paulrobichaux) August 7, 2015
Are you happy with these features? Do you think cyber theft will be minimized with Windows 10? We would like to hear your thoughts on this.