Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Windows 8.1 to let you secure folders with fingerprint

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by McRuff View Post
    No not for me. I am sure I saw this one time in a movie, in a scene involving a set of bolt cutters.
    Are you that important?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    First, we need a PC with bio-metric hardware/devices to be able to use the function, no rush.

    There are some laptops having this feature so that will be usable in no time for those who need it.

    Since I don't have a Surface: I wonder if this hardware will be included by default on the latest Surfaces.
    Microsoft is "working very closely" with two or three manufacturers to outfit Windows 8.1 with the necessary fingerprint support, according to The Verge. The company is also asking more manufacturers to outfit their laptops, tablets, keyboards, and mice with fingerprint readers.
    Then I should be guessing with a yes.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    I think that will do quite well for the price. It has (most) some decent reviews.

    In case I get more interested in using the feature my laptop has one of those scanners built-in.
    Since ages, typing passwords became a routine, to someone in the same situation it will feel a bit weird without that password in begin.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    What would be really interesting to see is retinal (not whole face) auth using a/the webcam. Or an external retinal scanner that connects via USB or Bluetooth (if that even exists yet, and at a decent price). But that would probably still be vulnerable to the same cold boot attacks against encryption.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    But that would probably still be vulnerable to the same cold boot attacks against encryption.
    But is there at least, something, invulnerable to those attacks?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17


    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    @ Hopachi: I really have no idea, awhile back I became interested in encryption and decided to start using it as an added layer of security and for protection of privacy. Encryption algorithms like AES are the standard right now and it really isnt viable to crack at this point in time as far as technology is concerned. You would have to brute-force the key and that would take many years or decades or even longer depending on the strength of the key (if your password is 'cat' it will take much less time to crack than 'fsh%gf;us&idubvisr8*wp93(rwefuvbsdkjcvs;.dh)xvcysda'. It's not that it cant be done, just that the time it takes is way too long to be reasonable.

    It's even believed thatv the NSA cant crack AES. Awhile back a drug lord from South America had his PC confiscated by the FBI and he had TrueCrypt full disk encryption on it. They failed to crack it. If there is something invulnerable to those attacks, I'm not aware of it. Engineers basically need to redesign RAM so that the contents are completely flushed either immediately before shutdown, or immediately after (faster than it deteriorates now). And you can just use common sense practices by keeping your PC secure and (for laptops) in your sight at all times or just in a protected place. You can also find a way to manually flush RAM yourself. Many encryption programs have a function that will clear the key on demand. But they still have to keep it in memory at some point in time to encrypt/decrypt in real-time.

    Other methos like fingerprints and retinal probably operate similar to encryption, since their main purpose is to deny access to data if you're not authorized. They would have to obfuscate the auth info in some way or another, and it probably has to be stored somewhere, if only for a minute amount of time. I dont know how they operate, it's just an educated guess.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    @Enigma

    Thanks for the input. We are pretty safe with AES right now, I agree.

    Cheers!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19


    Would this be encryption based or would it simply restrict access on the desktop environment?

    Either way it is pretty cool. I don't think I would use it in place of something like TrueCrypt but it would be useful for my 40GB 2012 "tax" folder.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #20


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by McRuff View Post
    No not for me. I am sure I saw this one time in a movie, in a scene involving a set of bolt cutters.
    Interesting you mention that, as Microsoft is working with Fingerprint Cards (company that OBVIOUSLY does something with fingerprints) to produce high quality scanners that make sure your finger is alive and working.
    Windows 8.1 will focus on biometrics for authentication [Update] - Neowin
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Windows 8.1 to let you secure folders with fingerprint
Related Threads
Fingerprint reader issues in Drivers & Hardware
Hello all, I'm having issues with my fingerprint reader on my pavilion DM4. It shows up in Biometric Devices in Device Manager, and even shows that it is functioning, but in HP SimplePass and 8.1 Settings there is no option to enroll a finger as a password logon -- the option is greyed out...
Run as different user - no fingerprint option in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hello, I have faced problem with logging in. Screen shoots will describe it the best way. When I try to use RDP or WorkResources the prompt for password looks like: 51100 I can use my finger to authenticate. But when I choose option Run as different user from right click menu it looks...
I'm using a Dell Venue 11 Pro with a Fingerprint scanner. I am able to use my fingerprint to logon to Windows. When prompted for credentials for my VPN connection there is an option to use the fingerprint reader, but I cannot find a way to register a fingerprint with my VPN account credentials,...
fingerprint reader for Win 8.1 in Drivers & Hardware
I am interested in one for a) Windows logon, and b) RoboForm use. there used to be some available called Eikon UPEK, but Apple bought that company & now it seems there's only OEM vendors who sell the technology to notebook vendors. Is anyone still making this stuff or is it and Windows...
How to Add or Remove Fingerprints for Your Account in Windows 8.1 A fingerprint reader is a device that uses your fingerprint to identify you. It works by scanning an image of your fingerprint, and then saving a registered copy of it. When you need to identify yourself, such as when signing...
8.1 start-up with Fingerprint in General Support
In Win 8 I could start the machine by swiping fingerprint and it would take me straight to the metro screen of my account in windows. This was using Lenovo fingerprint reader software which is incompatible with 8.1 as 8.1 has fingerprint log-on built in. In 8.1 RTM when I start the machine (or...
Solved Fingerprint logon? in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hi, Does anyone know how to enable fingerprint logon in Windows 8? I'm using a Toshiba Portege R830 and I've installed the fingerprint utility + enrolled my fingerprints, but during the logon process, it doesn't prompt me for my fingerprint. I couldn't find a place to enable fingerprint logon...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook