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September 26, 2016

Lenovo to bring FIDO fingerprint authentication to laptops

The company is collaborating with Intel, PayPal and Synaptics to bring secure online payments to the PC with just the touch of a finger.

By CBR Staff Writer

Lenovo is working with Intel, PayPal and Synaptics to bring FIDO-enabled fingerprint authentication to its PCs.

The collaboration will combine Lenovo’s hardware and design expertise with Intel’s on-chip hardware security, allowing customers to use Synaptic’s biometric fingerprint sensors to replace passwords for logging into FIDO-compliant services such as PayPal.

The new biometric authentication system will implement the existing FIDO standards for the PC.

The 7th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Software Guard Extensions provide the basic foundation for hardware-protected biometric authentication securing users’ FIDO credentials and biometric data.

The Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensor incorporates enterprise-level security with TLS 1.2 encryption.

Synaptics’ Natural ID Fingerprint Solution is secured by SentryPoint features, including TLS 1.2 encryption and anti-spoofing algorithms.

PayPal uses its authentication ecosystem to continue making payments more secure.

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Lenovo PCs, which feature Natural ID and Intel Core processors, securely capture user credentials that are encrypted and stored in the hardware, making them less vulnerable to malware attacks.

Lenovo PC & Smart Device Business Group senior vice president Johnson Jia said: “The average user has to remember passwords for many different accounts, from PC log-in, email to online shopping.

“We wanted to help change that by freeing users from the burden of remembering complex passwords by providing a simple authentication solution.”

Lenovo did not provide any details on when the first set of FIDO-enabled laptops would be released.

The news comes a day after Yahoo data breach, under which 500 million user accounts were hacked.

The hackers who breached Yahoo likely have obtained names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords.

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