Lenovo Laptops to Get FIDO-Based Biometrics Through New Partnership

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Lenovo has teamed up with Intel, PayPal, and Synaptics to enhance security on laptops. Their efforts will see the introduction of biometric authentication technology adhering to FIDO Alliance guidelines to the resulting products.

The aim is to replace the password, with Lenovo asserting in a statement that passwords “have become less safe to use without security factors in today’s digital world.” The companies’ collaboration will leverage Intel’s Software Guard Extensions via its 7th Gen Intel Core processors, and Synaptics’ Natural ID fingerprint sensors featuring TLS 1.2 encryption. PayPal, meanwhile, will offer “its unique authentication ecosystem” to the endeavor.

The companies’ revelation of their new partnership follows Lenovo’s announcement of its Yoga 910 convertible laptop, which features a Synaptics fingerprint sensor to enable biometric authentication for users via Windows Hello. It’s part of the company’s larger embrace of biometrics, with Lenovo having previously committed to ensuring all its new smartphones this year would have fingerprint sensors. Meanwhile, PayPal’s involvement indicates a recognition that users have a growing appetite for biometric authentication in digital payments.

September 23, 2016 – by Alex Perala

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