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You can try out Windows Hello biometric logins for the web, right now

Mark Hachman | April 14, 2016
This could be a big boost for Microsoft Edge.

PINs become more important

There’s one thing I noticed, though, that you might think about. Windows Hello does a fine job, in my experience, of logging me in and blocking others from using my PC. But Windows 10 also allows you to use a four-digit PIN to unlock your PC, and allows that same PIN to authenticate you to the web. 

The vast majority of us use two-factor authentication to log in to, say, an ATM—by combining a banking card with a four-digit PIN. Our privacy and security are much more at risk when a simple PIN, which Microsoft has implied is more of a convenience than anything else for accessing our PCs, becomes a means of also accessing your bank’s site. If and when Windows Hello logins become mainstream, consider removing that PIN and using either a password or biometric login as your primary methods of authentication.


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