Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics, PayPal Want to End Use of Passwords on PCs
The companies are partnering to bring FIDO-compliant fingerprint authentication to upcoming Lenovo laptops, starting with the Yogi 910 convertible PC.Lenovo officials want to bring fingerprint authentication to its PCs, and is partnering with several other companies to get it done. Lenovo officials on Sept. 23 announced the company is teaming up with Intel, Synaptics and PayPal to offer fingerprint authentication that is compliant with biometric authentication standards created by the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance. The move is the latest in an industry that for years has said the traditional password system for verifying a user's identity has been riddled with problems, from being a weak security measure to forcing users to remember huge numbers of different passwords for signing into their systems and onto websites. Biometrics methods—such as fingerprints or facial or voice recognition—offer ways of securing systems, websites and online payments more easily while freeing users from having to type in an array of disparate passwords as they move across the internet. Technologies enabling this transformation are becoming more mainstream, and each company in the partnership brings with it particular capabilities. For its part, the FIDO Alliance was launched in 2012 by Lenovo, PayPal and others to encourage the development of authentication methods that are easier and more secure than passwords. It now has more than 250 members, including many top-tier tech vendors like Google, Microsoft, Intel, ARM, Qualcomm, Samsung, Dell, Lenovo and eBay, and other organizations in such areas as financial services and telecommunications.
"The average user has to remember passwords for many different accounts, from PC log-in, email to online shopping," Johnson Jia, senior vice president of Lenovo's PC and Smart Device Business Group, said in a statement. "We wanted to help change that by freeing users from the burden of remembering complex passwords by providing a simple authentication solution."