Windows 11 Update: New Windows Hello Login Biometric for Websites and Apps Added
Windows 11 is set to introduce biometric authentication support for website logins, as revealed in the latest preview version of the operating system. Users can currently log in to their PCs using facial recognition, fingerprint scans, or a PIN, and this new feature will enable seamless sign-ins to websites and applications using passkeys, eliminating the need for passwords.
Microsoft Passkeys offer enhanced security as they cannot be stolen from compromised servers. Similar password-less login functionality is already available on iOS and Android.
Microsoft recently announced the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23486 through a blog post. The post mentions that users can now access websites with password-less login support on Windows, including popular platforms like eBay, Google, and Best Buy. Users can create a passkey from their account settings and subsequently use their face, fingerprint, or PIN via Windows Hello to sign in to their accounts.
Furthermore, Microsoft states that users can generate and save a passkey on their smartphone while using Microsoft Edge, which can then be utilized to log in to websites on their Windows PC.
To facilitate easy management and control of password-less logins on Windows, Microsoft has integrated passkey controls into the Windows Settings app. Users can navigate to Settings > Accounts > Passkeys to access their passkeys. This section displays a list of all saved passkeys on the PC, and individual passkeys associated with specific websites can be searched for and deleted from the same menu.
The introduction of passkeys and password-less logins aims to enhance security for users by safeguarding their logins from data breaches. As passwords are not stored on a website's server, the risk of login information being compromised is significantly reduced.
While the latest passkey login functionality is currently available on Insider Preview Build 23486, users on the stable channel will need to wait for its official rollout by Microsoft.