If Windows Hello could talk it would possibly be bragging: Hello Mary. Hello Merry. What, you think I can’t tell?
This is the Windows 10 biometric authentication security feature that takes a fresher turn from traditional passwords for logging in. The feature enables a PC user to unlock the machine via facial recognition.
Question is, how easily can it be fooled? A Sydney-based journalist subjected Windows Hello to a twin test. If facial recognition is a biometric tool that is supposed to make it easy to sign in, is it also easy to break in?
Chris Griffith in The Australian introduced his effort by describing his test topic. “Windows 10, released last month by Microsoft, replaces the hackable password system with biometric recognition. You log in using your fingerprints, and with eye and face recognition.”
Griffith wrote about the technology used in Windows Hello: The face recognition process involves a RealSense camera from Intel, which sits embedded above the display. Three cameras—an infra-red lens, a regular lens and a 3-D lens—use photographic analysis, heat detection and depth detection to decide who is at your computer display.
He also said, “The heat-sensing IR camera doesn’t allow access to someone waving a photograph in front of the camera. The IR camera also increases reliability in cases where users wear cosmetics, have facial hair or there’s a variation in lighting conditions.”
Earlier this year, Redmond Magazine talked about Windows Hello’s spoofing safeguards: “Microsoft’s choice of going with infrared cameras for Windows…