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Microsoft wants to boost Windows 10 security with biometric scans

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Microsoft wants to improve security for its next operating system with a number of new integrated log-in features.

According to Engadget, Windows 10 will offer fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition standards to access devices.

This means that as long as a Windows 10 has at least one of the necessary sensors to facilitate the aforementioned features, you’ll be able to access a new framework suite.

The framework will be called ‘Hello’, and will allow users to store biometric scans and the like, which can they be repurposed for secure log-in purposes.

This means that you’ll have a consistent log-in experience across machines built by varying manufacturers.

For devices that lack the above sensors and cameras, there’ll be another security protocol called ‘Passport’.

This back-up system allows you to enter a password alongside a PIN that’s encrypted on your actual device.

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It’s not yet clear when this software will roll out onto the Windows 10 previews, but it will likely be available for the OS launch.

It should be noted that Windows 10 brings unification across a host of product categories, so these log-in methods will be available on Windows phones as well as Windows for desktop.

Ditching passwords is something of a trend at the moment, it seems. Only yesterday, we saw Yahoo announce a new log-in method that didn’t require traditional password input.

Instead, users apply for randomly generated passcodes that expire over time – that’s significantly more secure than static passwords.

Microsoft has not confirmed whether time-expiry passcodes will be integrated into Windows 10.

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