Not Windows Hello has nothing to do with Firefox Hello. For years, biometric certification has been intertwined with science fiction films. But biometric technology is next to us thanks to the Touch ID fingerprint sensors used in the latest models of iPhones and iPads.
When Windows 10 is released this fall, Microsoft plans to use biometric technology as well. The new operating system will support biometric certification, and as the company states, "using your face, iris, or fingerprints will be able to unlock your devices… with a technology that is much more secure than traditional passwords. ”
Today at the congress WinHEC in China, Microsoft executives showed off a new feature, called Windows Hello. It sounds like Microsoft's response to the Touch ID and is a biometric certification technology that uses a fingerprint reader or an illuminated infrared sensor or other biometric sensors to provide instant access to a device running Windows 10.
But this platform has bigger ambitions. It is based on a new API codenamed "Passport". The Passport framework will allow webmasters, developers, and webmasters to provide a more secure alternative to passwords. During the authentication process, there will be no password to be sent wired or via remote servers, the two most common routes for security breaches.
It will most likely be the Next Generation credentials feature that has been built into the Windows 10 previews since last October but is not yet available for use. The Microsoft video provides some additional details.
Microsoft reports that the new feature Windows Hello will offer "business-grade security" and will be suitable for use by government agencies and companies in the defense, economy, healthcare, and other controlled industries.
The new "Passport" APIs will be able to work seamlessly with enterprise Azure Active Directory services, and as Microsoft says, it will also work with services that support FIDO.
To avoid common tampering techniques, Microsoft argues that new technology Windows Hello will use “a combination of special materials and software to accurately identify and verify the owner of a photograph or someone trying to imitate him. The cameras will use infrared technology to identify the face or iris and will be able to identify you in all lighting conditions. ”
Of course, this feature also requires the support of appropriate hardware. Microsoft says it says the new feature will be available for new Windows 10 devices when the operating system is released later this fall. The company states that "OEM systems that incorporate Intel RealSense 3D camera (F200) will support Windows Hello face and iris scanning, for automatic unlocking of the device but also for automatic connection to Windows without the need for a PIN."
In addition, according to ZDNet, devices that already have a fingerprint reader will be able to use Windows Hello.