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October 22, 2014

Microsoft to give two-factor authentication to Windows 10 built-in

Windows-10-OSMore and more companies are looking at the two-factor authentication security to give users whether companies or individuals, peace of mind. Microsoft is continuing with its more security features that include a new two-factor authentication built directly into the [Windows 10] Technical Preview OS. The  two-factor built-in authentication in [Windows 10] Technical Preview is intended at doing away with the old single-password method that has proven so insecure in recent years and has led to so many instances of system break-ins and data theft, according to Microsoft. With two-factor authentication, malicious hackers need to be in control of two pieces of information in order to break into a system, such as a password and a code sent to a user’s device like a smartphone. Microsoft have been working on  security features to alleviate fears especially from  individuals receiving cold calls telling them their Windows OS is at risk and wanting to install software on their desktop/laptop to take over the PC. Microsoft of course would never ask you to allow them to do this. Overall, Windows 10 will offer businesses enhanced security in areas like identity protection and access control, information protection and threat resistance, since security

“has been central to many of the customer conversations I’ve had since we announced the availability of the [Windows 10] Technical Preview,”

wrote Jim Alkove in the blog post, referring to the pre-release version of Windows 10 that is publicly available for testing. Jim Alkove continued.

“In the area of identity and access control, [Windows 10] Technical Preview will offer IT managers the necessary functions to protect user credentials and devices with two-factor authentication, without having to rely on third-party products. We believe this solution brings identity protection to a new level as it takes multi-factor security which today is limited to solutions such as smartcards and builds it right into the operating system and device itself, eliminating the need for additional hardware security peripherals.”

More specifically, [Windows 10] Technical Preview will let users enroll their devices as one of the two authentication factors, with the second being either a pin or a biometric input, such as the reading of a fingerprint.

“From a security standpoint, this means that an attacker would need to have a user’s physical device—in addition to the means to use the user’s credential—which would require access to the users PIN or biometric information,”

he wrote.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini