We’re seeing a very rapid evolution from what used to be passwords, then smart cards, and now to biometrics, said Alex Simons, director of program management in Microsoft’s identity division.
Biometric authentication uses face, fingerprint or iris scans to quickly confirm a person’s identity. You probably already use itap by touching the home button to unlock your phone.
In the workplace, employees are increasingly using biometrics to log in to phones and computers, and to access data stored on those devices and in the cloud.
Spiceworks, a professional network for people in the IT industry, says nearly 90% of businesses will use biometric authentica tion by 2020, up from 62% today. Fingerprint scanning is currently the most common type of biometric authentication: 57% of organizations use it. Far fewer, just 14%, use facial recognition.
Companies such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook (FB) are trying to get rid of passwords completely.
In 2015, Microsoft introduced Windows Hello with Windows 10. The new software uses face scans or fingerprints to log in to Windows devices. More than 50 million people use Windows Hello to log in to their PCs both in the home and at the office.
The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update will include a new authentication standard developed in collaboration with other tech companies, including Google. Called FIDO 2.0, the standard will enable Windows consumers to use multiple devices — including third-party security keys or a security monitors that track your heart rate — to automatically log in to their computers without a password.