Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics and PayPal revealed a collaborative effort to bring simple and safe authentication experiences to enterprise and consumer use cases.
The collaboration will enable Lenovo customers to be able to authenticate to online FIDO-enabled services like PayPal by using a fingerprint instead of a password. This biometric authentication system for PCs will implement current FIDO standards, bringing biometric authentication capabilities to the PC.
The new system features secure password-less sign on with strong authentication that is rooted in the hardware. Lenovo PCs using Natural ID and Intel Core processors capturing user credentials, which are encrypted and stored in the hardware, making them less susceptible to malware attacks.
In order to access a FIDO-based service, all the user has to do is touch the fingerprint reader. Each login is wrapped in three layers of protection designed so that neither the user’s fingerprint information nor their FIDO credential, ever leave their device.
The seventh generation Intel Core processors with Intel Software Guard Extensions lay the groundwork for biometric authentication securing users’ FIDO credentials and biometric information. The Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensor features 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 leverages its unique authentication ecosystem to continue making payments more secure and convenient.
The goal with this system is to reduce fraud and increase security, while making online authentication nearly frictionless with biometrics secured by built-in, hardware-level protection.
As the use cases for Internet-connected devices grows at the enterprise and consumer level, there is a need for secure, but unobtrusive methods for protecting identities, data and machines. Lenovo’s Yoga 910 convertible will be the first devices outfitted with the system.
“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,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president in the PC & Smart Device Business Group at Lenovo.