Windows 10 users might be able to log in using their signature

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

It seems that Microsoft is working on new authentication tech focused on letting users log in with their signatures.

Sign in with the Surface Pen

Windows Hello is advanced authentication tech Microsoft employs that takes advantage of biometric systems to protect Windows 10 devices while allowing users to log in as seamlessly as possible. Apparently, Microsoft isn’t done: Another safe way to log in would be to allow users to sign into their devices with a signature, according to a recent patent. It’s pretty obvious that it all comes down to the Surface Pen, which is continuously being upgraded with every new Surface generation.

Using a Surface Pen or any other stylus working on the same technology, users would simply need to provide their signature in order to be granted access to the desktop or to be allowed to install apps, for instance.

Two-factor authentication

Copying someone’s signature is not that hard and for reason, Microsoft wants to use a two-factor authentication system. The Surface Pen itself would be a secure token that could be used with the device:

A method for securing operation of a computing device operated with a stylus includes recognizing a pre-defined gesture performed by a stylus on a touch screen, the pre-defined gesture defined as a user command to lock an item displayed on the touch screen, determining a location of the gesture, determining identity of the stylus, locking an item displayed at the location determined, and recording identity of the stylus.

Microsoft thinks this kind of tech could be useful for tasks that require authentication, including making system modifications, accessing certain features, and logging in to a computer.

RELATED STORIES TO CHECK OUT:

For various PC problems, we recommend this tool.

This software will repair common computer errors, protect you from file loss, malware, hardware failure and optimize your PC for maximum performance. Fix PC issues now in 3 easy steps:

  1. Download this PC Repair Tool rated "Excellent" on TrustPilot.com.
  2. Click “Start Scan” to find Windows issues that could be causing PC problems.
  3. Click “Repair All” to fix all issues with Patended Technologies (requires upgrade).

Discussions

Next up

Best Windows 10 antivirus software to use in 2018

By: Radu Tyrsina
7 minute read

Update – 2018 will soon come to an end and we already have a guide on what is the best antivirus you should get in […]

Continue Reading

These features are out for good with Windows 10 version 1809

iamsovy@gmail.com' By: Sovan Mandal
2 minute read

Microsoft is all set to launch its next big update, Windows 10 version 1809 in October. While that should be a nice piece of news […]

Continue Reading

Windows 10 18H2 builds no longer receive new features

By: Matthew Adams
3 minute read

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (otherwise 18H2) rollout might now be two to three weeks away. For the last few months, new build previews […]

Continue Reading