In recent times, we have seen tech companies put a lot of emphasis on device and data security. With data breaches and hacking turning more frequently, the demand for alternative ways to secure your device has increased, and companies have risen to the challenge and truly offered some robust technologies and hardware, to keep things secure and private. One such company is Microsoft.
The launch of Windows 10 gave Microsoft an open canvas to experiment with new features and functionalities, and that is where Windows Hello was born. To put it simply, Windows Hello is a biometrics-based technology that enables Windows 10 users to authenticate secure access to their devices, apps, online services, and networks with just a fingerprint, iris scan, or facial recognition.
Windows Laptops and Desktops have long features the ability to assign a passcode or password to unlock the device, but with Windows Hello, the potential goes up to 100X. By utilizing the onboard webcam, and/or the fingerprint sensor, Windows users can now assign a fingerprint, or even scan their face and use it to unlock their device. This is very similar to the platform we have on smartphones, where fingerprint and Facial recognition technology is reaching a stage of stability as well.
If you are a Windows 10 user, you can head to the Sign In options under the Account settings and choose the type of Windows Hello login that you want on your device. The options you will see, are completely dependent on the hardware you have available. For example, if your PC does not have the fingerprint sensor, the fingerprint unlock option will obviously be absent in your settings.
What we love is that over time, you can perform fresh scans and re-scan your fingers, or even add fingerprints, to keep things fresh. This gives you complete control over the security of your Windows device, and honestly, that is not at all a bad thing.
Windows Hello has relatively low specifications to work, but it does come with specific hardware requirements. Microsoft’s Surface Pro, Surface Book, and most Windows 10 PCs equipped with fingerprint scanners or cameras that can capture two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy are compatible with Windows Hello. Compatible devices from other manufacturers include HP’s Spectre X360 13, ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA, and Dell XPS 13 9360, to name a few.
Nowadays, Microsoft makes it a point to mention on the packaging, as to whether or not the particular model is compatible with Windows Hello. That way, your decision becomes a whole lot easier.