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Microsoft brings passwordless sign-in option to Windows 10 preview

By midian182 · 8 replies
Jul 11, 2019
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  1. The Redmond firm has announced a number of new features in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18936, the most significant being an option to “make your devices passwordless.”

    By going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and toggling the passwordless switch, all Microsoft accounts on that device will use Windows Hello face recognition, fingerprints, PIN codes, or physical keys only.

    The company writes that those who don’t have Windows Hello set up will be walked through the process next time they sign in. It adds that the feature is being rolled out to a small portion of Insiders, so the option may not appear for all users in Settings. If it’s not there, Microsoft advises checking again in a week or so.

    Partly because so many people still use terrible passwords such as “123456,” Microsoft started calling for them to be killed off in favor of Windows Hello back in 2017. It moved closer to that goal in May when its authentication system received FIDO2 certification. Additionally, the firm got rid of its password expiration policy this year, admitting that forcing users to change their passwords every so often is ineffective.

    Other changes in the latest Windows release include the Your Phone screen feature working with more Surface devices, being able to create calendar events straight from the taskbar, and several minor changes, improvements, and fixes.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    That's a pretty neat feature, I hope they bring along options to start stuff by typing in "commands" as you would in a browser, like "timer 30 minutes" or "add appointment for July 30 at 3pm" and not having to go through the UI to have those things done.
  3. lexster

    lexster TS Maniac Posts: 466   +233

    No thank you. A PROPERLY structured password is still much more secure than any biometric device a laptop can use.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
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  4. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,209   +670

    This is what Cortana should have been from the start. They should have added in internet-connected functions and voice search as optional features as they went, not try to push them out the gate.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,720   +808

    Exactly... plus your biometric data can't be easily changed; I.e. your fingerprints, your facial structure, your voice, etc. But you can easily change your password should it be compromised. If a hacker gets your biometric data, you're screwed and potentially just gave them access to anything else that is accessible using your biometric data.
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  6. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 322   +101

    For Windows Hello face recognition you most likely have to buy new webcam!
  7. Athlonite

    Athlonite TS Booster Posts: 135   +33

    Whats the difference between a pin and a password basically nothing you still have to type them in

    want true passwordless sign in go to users accounts sing in select Local account and just don't put in a password but that would defeat the purpose of security right

    why doesn't Windows 10 use two forms say a pin and bio-metric data (be it facial rec or fingerprint)
  8. Deevo324

    Deevo324 TS Rookie Posts: 20   +10

    What's going on? I already have this feature, it came with 1903.
  9. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,963   +577

    Yep biometrics for security are simply retarded. People pushing this to be the way forward are sending us into a hole that won't be anywhere near as easy to dig out of as updating password policy and resetting passwords.

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