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Lenovo, Intel take first step toward killing passwords

Lenovo's latest PCs powered by Intel 7th and 8th gen processors are equipped with new security features.

  • Published: October 26, 2017 9:59 AM IST
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In a bid to protect online privacy, identity and other data, Lenovo and Intel have announced the first PC-ready, built-in authentication measures that adhere to FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance standards. Instead of relying just on passwords, users now have a safer way to log into websites with the touch of a finger on an integrated fingerprint reader or a quick click of a button in real-time.

Using Intel “Online Connect” on 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors, Lenovo’s latest PCs including the Yoga 920, ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd generation), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th generation) and IdeaPad 720S integrate FIDO-certified authenticators directly into the core of the PCs. This will bring simpler and safer online authentication when logging into popular websites like PayPal, Google, Dropbox and Facebook.

“I am thrilled to see the realisation of this partnership between FIDO Alliance board members Intel and Lenovo, which resulted in the PC industry’s first FIDO-enabled embedded fingerprint,” Brett McDowell, Executive Director of the FIDO Alliance, said in a statement. The FIDO Alliance, backed by companies such as Samsung, Google and Microsoft, supports killing passwords altogether. With these integrated FIDO authenticators, websites use security keys that are protected and rooted deeply in the PC’s hardware, ultimately increasing user protection and reducing fraud. ALSO READ: Google introduces Advanced Protection Program for ‘high-risk’ accounts

With the touch of a finger on the encrypted fingerprint reader embedded on the PC, users can easily authenticate to their PayPal account. An additional security factor is incorporated into the authentication process after users log in to a website using their standard user ID and password access. ALSO READ: Microsoft discovers bug on Chrome, criticizes Google for making fix public

Instead of using a separate security key or SMS code, 2nd factor authentication is built into the PC to identify the user and directly prompts the user to click a button to log into websites. With authenticators built directly into PCs, merchants can extend enhanced security measures to millions of users who routinely use their computer to access social media, banking information and online shopping. ALSO READ: Facebook to add facial recognition feature for account security

“People need hassle-free, built-in security that helps to protect them when logging into websites for banking, shopping and social media,” said Johnson Jia, Senior Vice President of Lenovo’s PCs and Smart Devices Product Group.

Intel “Online Connect” can be downloaded from the web and will be made available via Lenovo System Update and Lenovo App Explorer on all Lenovo laptops with 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors. “Intel continues to drive innovation that simplifies and secures the computing experience,” added Chris Walker, Vice President, Client Computing Group and General Manager, Mobility Client Platform at Intel.

  • Published Date: October 26, 2017 9:59 AM IST