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Windows 10 Will Not Support Passwords?

Posted by: on Feb 23, 2015 | No Comments

Are you ready for Windows 10 without password authentication? Well get ready, Microsoft is adding support for the Fast Identity Online (Fido) standard to Windows 10 to enable password free login for several applications. With PC hacks growing, continued misplaced passwords and growing list of multiple passwords to manage it would seem a more reliable system to easily access our computers was bound to happen sooner or later. The Fido standards goal is to create a “collective framework” for secure but password-free authentication. The Fido system support biometrics technology such as voice, face, fingerprint and iris. With a dual core level of protection set for Windows 10 it would make it difficult for phishing attacks or low level password theft.

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The FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance is an industry consortium launched in February 2013 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices and the problems users’ face creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. PayPal and Lenovo were among the founders. (Source Wikipedia)

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This is definitely a move in the right direction. However, the challenge is bringing everyone up to speed to utilize this new evolving technology. My company introduced biometric solutions such as voice and fingerprint to our hardware in 2007 at the CES Show. The technology was hard for mainstream users to understand. I do believe biometric technology can add that extra layer of security but like all things created by man, it can be compromise. For example, if your PC is stolen, a professional IT expert can crack open your PC case, remove the hard drive and swipe all your data. Nevertheless, the Fido Alliance platform is a good start to better protect your data in regards to Windows 10.

 

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With Fido development coming from profound players like Samsung, Google, ARM, RSA, MasterCard, Visa, Lenovo, PayPal, and Bank of America as well as Microsoft. I’m sure this group will work to make the best secure platform to support Windows 10 and other related products and services.
Windows 10 is expected to be release in late 2015. I’m not sure how much or what level of biometric (Fido) security will be supported or part of the retail release. This developing story is something to keep our eyes on in the future.

 

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“Windows 10″ by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Windows_10.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Windows_10.jpg

 
“Windows 10 Logo” by Microsoft Corporation – Converted the PNG version of the logo uploaded by RainingFlight to SVG.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Windows_10_Logo.svg#mediaviewer/File:Windows_10_Logo.svg

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