Microsoft’s new facial recognition technology is so effective, they actually had to build in a delay, so that your computer wouldn’t unlock as soon as you locked it. It’s called Microsoft Windows Hello, and this new biometric authentication feature is found on Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, two of their latest hardware offerings. Once you set up the system with your own biometric data, you are good to go, and it really is that easy. Just sit in front of your computer, and Microsoft’s roving eye will find you. There is even an infrared light so the device can see you while you are sitting in a dark room.
To ensure that your precious biometrics don’t get leaked out to anyone else, the data is only stored on your device, not in the cloud and not on any Microsoft servers. In addition, to prevent someone from using a photograph to access your private data, there is a setting which makes anyone trying to unlock the computer turn their head to the left and right in order to unlock successfully. The only problems you might run into are, if you’ve got an evil identical twin, a doppleganger or a someone has a perfect 3D printed copy of your head.
Biometric security is much safer than the easily guessable password you’ve been using for the past 20 years, and as hacking technology continues to improve passwords are destined for extinction. So, when you’re thinking of buying a new computer, consider one with facial recognition security to keep your data safer, and look forward to even more innovative additions that take into account the time or day, gps locations and other fact-based security parameters your devices will soon use to figure out if they have been stolen or if the person sitting in front of them actually isn’t you.
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