With its upcoming Windows 10 release, Microsoft is focusing on security more than ever. At this year’s Microsoft Developers Build Conference, the software company tried to reaffirm the same notion. One of the new systems launched at Build 2015 is Windows Hello.
What is Windows Hello?
Windows Hello is company’s brand new biometric security system that will ensure a high level of security and privacy of your sensitive data saved in your devices. This will reduce the risk of hacking or any kind of theft. So, Windows Hello is the name of the Windows 10’s security system.
Just like the universal nature of Windows 10, Windows Hello will run across a variety of devices, irrespective of the screen size – phone, tablet, phablets, laptops or powerful gaming PCs.
How is Windows Hello more secure than your usual password?
While using a new version of Windows Passport, this biometric security system of Windows will ask of a 4-digit PIN for login. Apart from this PIN, you can connect biometric methods like iris, face or fingerprint recognition to unlock your device.
The best part of Windows Hello is that your Windows PIN and device will work together. Somehow if you lose your device, it won’t unlock without that PIN. Also, if someone steals your PIN, it won’t on any device other than the once connected to your account.
Pocket-lint highlights the fact that this PIN isn’t stored on some third party server or device – so it can’t be stolen easily.
Is your current device compatible with Window Hello?
The current devices don’t have the sensors that are needed for Windows Hello’s biometric security system. The PIN code security method will obviously work for you. The PC and phone manufacturers are expected to ship the future devices with sensors like IR camera etc. in near future.
What are the other uses of Windows Hello?
Windows Hello could develop into a payment alternative and would possibly be used for the purchased made at Windows Store. Your PIN will be universal and you won’t have to again remember the long list of passwords.
I’d mention again that your PIN won’t be stored on some server, so cyber criminals won’t be able to trace your PIN.
Windows Hello is an encouraging system as Windows ecosystem is the largest community of devices around us and having a single PIN or biometric entry associated with your Microsoft account will surely make your lives easier. If you ever lose your device, all you need to do is inform on the web portal and your device will be hard locked.