November 20, 2018 9:30 am

Keeping you updated on Windows Hello

By / Consumer Privacy and Security Product Marketing Manager

At Microsoft, we take your device and account protection seriously, which is why we’ve been on a mission to eliminate passwords. Passwords can be difficult to remember, are often reused and can be used to hack your account anywhere, anytime, from any device. Windows Hello is a key component in our effort to finally saying goodbye to passwords. Using facial recognition, a fingerprint, or PIN, Windows Hello is a fast, secure and password-less way to unlock your Windows 10 PC.1 We’ve been busy bringing the latest and greatest features to Windows Hello and account protection and wanted to take some time to update you on what’s new.

Account protection and sign-in

We’re making it easier than ever to protect your identity on Windows. In the Windows Security app, available on all Windows 10 PCs2, we’ve made updates to the Account Protection page, which clearly alerts you if there’s an action to take to improve your account protection. This page aims to make it as simple as possible for you to protect your account. From here, you can set up Windows Hello for faster, more secure sign-in and you’ll also be alerted if there’s an issue with Dynamic Lock. As a refresher, Dynamic Lock works when you Bluetooth pair your phone3 to your PC – once you’re out of range with your phone, your PC will automatically lock.

We’ve also made it easier to set up Windows Hello from the lock screen, which means no more digging through Settings. Once you’ve signed into your free Microsoft account, you’ll see the Windows Hello icon show up next to the password icon – just click, enter your password, and follow the steps to setting up Windows Hello!

Animation of Windows Hello login interface

Last but certainly not least is our most recent Windows update4: You can now sign in with your Microsoft account to online Microsoft services using Windows Hello or a compatible security key5! A security key is a little USB or NFC (Near Field Communication) device with built-in enhanced security that protects your credentials by requiring biometric or PIN to unlock it. Your Microsoft account provides you access to Microsoft digital services – from accessing your OneDrive, to making purchases in Microsoft Store, and more!

With each update, we’re eradicating places where you’re forced to enter a username and password, bringing you peace of mind that your account is protected and accessed by you, and only you. We’re excited about the journey we’re on and hope you join us on this quest to go password-less!

[1] Requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.

[2] Windows 10 April 2018 Update or later required.

[3] Available for selected companion devices and selected Windows 10 editions. ​

[4] Windows 10 October 2018 Update required.

[5] Microsoft-compatible security key required, sold separately from partners, including Yubico and Feitian Technology.

Updated November 20, 2018 9:31 am