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Open Windows 10 Systems with Your Face, Fingerprint or Iris

Learn tips and trips for Windows 10. Contact BC Networks today for help installing Windows 10 on all your hardware. 

You may already be familiar with Windows technology that uses biometrics to sign into your smartphone. The technology behind this function is known as Windows Hello, and it’s one of several upgrades that you can take advantage of in Windows 10. In this reincarnation, Microsoft strived to include the best features from Windows 7 and 8, while retiring some of the less attractive features in Windows 8.

Unfortunately, as usual with a new OS, there’s a learning curve for those who want to master Windows 10. Here are some tips to help you make the most of it.

What Is Windows Hello?

Windows 10 supports biometrics such as facial recognition, iris and fingerprints. You can use these unique identifiers as secure gateways to access your devices. Windows Hello technology is a better alternative to traditional passwords, which can be intercepted by cybercriminals. If you’re interested in this technology, it’s a good idea to ask about it when you’re shopping for new devices.

Your current device may already have a fingerprint reader that can be unlocked with Windows Hello. Straight out of James Bond, Windows Hello uses special equipment and software to verify your face or iris – this is to prevent someone from using a photo of you or impersonating you. Infrared technology helps the cameras recognize your iris or face in different lighting conditions.

The software also has enterprise-grade security. You can use it at your company for added security and convenience. Simply show your face and unlock your device.

Face authentication has the following features:

  • Facial recognition is available on all compatible devices with Windows 10
  • User-friendly interface provides single sign-on with no additional passwords or credentials
  • Enterprise-level authentication, including websites, network resources and purchasing content
  • Anti-spoofing protection to prevent unauthorized device access
  • Consistent image recognition in various lighting conditions and subtle appearance changes, such as facial hair, makeup and eyewear

Are There Changes For Command Prompt Options?

Command prompt received some attention in this iteration. You can right-click the title bar to view all the properties. Additionally, you can now use copy/paste short cuts instead of ­typing everything manually.

What About Quick Access?

Explorer has a quick access feature. It lists the most commonly-visited folders, pictures, standard documents and downloads.

Can You Schedule Updates?

You can now specify when you want to perform all your updates. This replaces the constant delay messages that used to appear whenever you postponed an update.

How Notifications Management Has Improved?

You can control your notifications in one place.

  1. Go to Settings > System
  2. You can disable each app can be disabled if you don’t like notifications. This includes Calendar and Cortana reminders and notices.

If you need help upgrading the devices for your Bay Area company, contact BC Networks today. Our technicians can install Windows 10 on all your hardware and provide strategic management of your IT infrastructure.