Your Face Can Be Password for Windows 10

Microsoft's 'Windows Hello' security feature uses facial recognition to give access
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Suggested by TopstepTrader1
Posted Mar 18, 2015 5:31 PM CDT
Your Face Can Be Password for Windows 10
In this Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

A day after confirming it would be relegating Internet Explorer to PC purgatory and swapping in a new browser (code name: "Project Spartan"), Microsoft announced a new way of unlocking your laptop: sticking your face in front of it. In its blog post, the company introduced Windows Hello, a security feature that uses "biometric authentication" (either a face, iris, or fingerprint scan) to allow users access to devices running Windows 10. The feature—which Microsoft incorporated to make for a harder hack into devices in government, corporate, and other sensitive industries—has a 1 in 100,000 "false accept rate," meaning that it's safer than any password, CNN Money reports.

Although the feature isn't being marketed to average consumers, Microsoft says anyone can use it, especially if you already have a fingerprint reader on your device. But Microsoft wanted to make it a little trickier to log in using facial or iris detection, so it doesn't rely on your device's webcam for those methods: You'll have to acquire special equipment for your smartphone, computer, or tablet to work with the feature. "Windows Hello uses a combination of special hardware and software to accurately verify it is you—not a picture of you or someone trying to impersonate you," the blog post notes. (While the Windows folks were working on that, this Microsoft co-founder was searching for sunken treasure).

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