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Microsoft has gained the FIDO2 certification for Windows Hello

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Microsoft has achieved another milestone in its vision to have a passwordless environment on Windows 10. The company has announced that they have gained FIDO2 certification for Windows Hello, the Windows 10 biometric authentication system.

This certification comes with the latest update of Windows 10 version 1903 which is scheduled to be shipped to the public in the late May 2019. With this certification, the Windows Hello is now approved as a FIDO2 ‘authenticator’. After this update rolls on to everyone, users will be able to use Windows Hello biometrics or PINs to access their devices, apps, online services and networks with FIDO Certified security.

“No one likes passwords (except hackers),” says Yogesh Mehta, group manager for Microsoft’s crypto, identity and authentication team in Azure Core OS.

“People don’t like passwords because we have to remember them. As a result, we often create passwords that are easy to guess – which makes them the first target for hackers trying to access your computer or network at work.”

This certification is one of the parts of the industry-wide push for passwordless sign-in, which includes the WebAuthn or Web Authentication WC3 standard which is widely supported by all the major Browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

With WebAuthn, users can simply authenticate themselves on certain websites with the help of an authenticator like Windows Hello instead of entering a password for them. This really simplifies the working environment on PC as well as it adds more security to the online accounts. WebAuthn gets its approval by the Web in the March 2019.

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