With more and more computers, tablets and phones using fingerprint technology, PCs in particular are just catching up to how to use fingerprint readers for security. In Windows 10, Microsoft introduces Windows Hello
Let’s look at Windows Hello, how to set it up and why you should consider using your fingerprint scanner in Windows 10.
How to Get Started with Windows Hello
Windows Hello only works if you have a fingerprint scanner, or other peripheral, installed via USB or built-in to your computer. If you don’t have one, you won’t be able to take advantage of this additional security feature. Windows Hello is a biometric-based authentication that lets you utilize your fingerprint, face or iris to login to Windows.
For this example, we’ll show you how to set up Windows 10 with a fingerprint scanner. The steps don’t vary much when setting it up via face or iris authentication.
In order to use Windows 10, you’ll also need to have a Microsoft Account. This is a type of two-factor authentication and won’t work without the account setup ahead of time.
Search for “Accounts” via Cortana or open the Settings app.
Click on “Sign-in options.”
Scroll down until you see Windows Hello.
If you haven’t setup a PIN, yet, you’ll need to do so by clicking “Add” under PIN. If you’ve already created one, you can click “Add” under Fingerprint.
Now, you’ll have to log into your Microsoft Account before you create a PIN.
Once logged in, you’ll create a PIN number, confirm it then click “OK.”
Then, once created, you’ll be able to add a Fingerprint.
If you’re using any other fingerprint login software, such as what comes with an HP computer, you’ll be able to use that as your Windows Hello login.
Whenever you change your fingerprint, you’ll need to enter your PIN to do so as an additional security measure.
When adding a fingerprint, you’ll be given detailed instructions on how to do so. Click “Get started” to get started.
You’ll need to scan the fingerprint you’ll want to use to login with multiple times until Windows captures it accurately.
Once accurately scanned, you can add additional fingerprints and the next time you login to Windows 10, you’ll be able to login by scanning your fingerprint to do so.
If for some reason, you cut your finger or render it unreadable, you’ll still be able to login with your password or PIN.
Why Use Windows Hello?
Windows Hello can make your life a little bit easier and more secure, especially when you step away from your PC. By enabling it, even if someone steals your computer, they’ll need you fingerprint and/or PIN to login.
This makes your computer more secure when in public and on the go. As fingerprint scanners and other biometric authentication devices become the norm across platforms, it’s easy to get used to utilizing the technology for your security.
Biometric devices are becoming the norm. Whether they’re tracking your steps for the day, monitoring your heart rate, or protecting your devices, the technology is there to be used and should be utilized if available.
Windows Hello makes it easy to get started with the technology and how it’s integrated into the Windows 10 experience. So, give it a try and see how it can help protect your devices.