Windows Hello and the Future of Passwords

Windows Hello is a perfect solution for those users who don’t like entering the password every time they log in. Windows Hello uses a biometric-based approach which allows the users to enjoy more exclusive rights to log in than a password could ever provide. You can log in effortlessly using your physical features such as fingerprint, iris scan, or facial recognition would let you log in instantly.

This doesn’t only stop here but there’s much more to the story of Windows Hello. It lets users unlock their Windows PC with several devices that can be coupled with PC. Devices like phone, smartwatch, digital wristband, and other companion devices have already verified your identity and would let you sign in to your account instantly.

Moreover, users can also log in to a wide range of applications they are using Windows Hello. Applications that work in collaboration with Windows Hello include Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and more. Although, Windows Hello is only compatible with limited applications and specialized hardware only. Windows Hello requires a Windows Hello supported device, a fingerprint reader, an illuminated IR sensor, other biometric sensors, and capable devices.

This sign-in mechanism is comparatively more user-friendly, reliable, and secure. As a user won’t have to remember his or her password. When a password doesn’t exist, there’ll be no chance of it to get stolen, breached, or forgotten. It’s before long when biometric-based log in would be prevalent and people would start to prefer the new ways over passwords. What would be the future of password with such advancements happening in the world of technology?

With several apps taking over and new apps being launched every day, users need to create a unique complex password for each application they avail. A great number of these users think of it as a nuisance and prefer to use a single password to log in to different platforms, exposing their online identities to the security risks – cyber criminals. Another group of users prefers to use simple passwords that usually ends with digits 1234, a universally known password style. Such passwords are way easier to break and provide the basis for major cybercrime scenarios such as data theft.

In the wake of what Windows Hello offers and other alternate ways of logging in, it’s quite evident that soon passwords would go extinct. But despite the advent of many new ways to log in, the way passwords are used is still in the process of evolving. The debate of whether to adopt new ways or stick to the traditional password use to log in based upon the need to make the user’s credentials secure. Hopefully, this debate would yield the latest solutions to make credentials super secure.

The trends evolve with necessity and user behavior. Are we progressing towards the point where we would say farewell to the passwords? It is yet to be seen what the future holds.


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