Windows Hello is Microsoft's attempt to rethink the password, and it could be an important step for securing the modern computer. If you've ever heard of biometric authentication, then you'll be familiar with how Windows Hello works.
The system uses your eye, fingerprint or face to identify you. Now, I've always been wary of facial recognition software because of how easy it could be for a hacker to simply hold up a picture of your face to hack your PC.
Microsoft claims that Windows Hello uses complex infrared tracking to verify that logging in through facial recognition is, in fact, secure.
And after the amount of money the company dumped into motion-tracking Kinect technology, I'm inclined to believe its claim.
Windows Hello won't just be for your computer, either. Microsoft explained how it could work all over the Internet in a blog post:
Windows 10 will ask you to verify that you have possession of your device before it authenticates on your behalf, with a PIN or Windows Hello on devices with biometric sensors. Once authenticated with “Passport”, you will be able to instantly access a growing set of websites and services across a range of industries – favorite commerce sites, email and social networking services, financial institutions, business networks and more.
This, along with a laundry list of cool features, makes Windows 10 a perfect make-good for some of the good will that Microsoft lost with the controversial touch screen features found in Windows 8.
Hey Windows users, are you going to upgrade when Windows 10 hits the scene? Let me know in the comments section.