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What is Windows Hello?

Windows Hello is a new way for you to sign in to your favourite devices quickly and securely. It uses clever facial recognition and fingerprint reading technology instead of a traditional password. Each log-in is personal to you – it uses your face, iris or fingerprint so you can safely log in. Plus, you can have multiple users, so the whole family can protect what matters most to them.

Windows 10 availability

Windows Hello is built-in to all computers that run the operating system Windows 10, but it’s not that simple. If you want to use it you’ll need a device with a fingerprint reader or a special camera. More and more laptops are being sold with fingerprint scanners included, but you can buy them as an accessory that plugs into your computer too. The cameras are available on some of the more top-end laptops and All-in-Ones. If you’ve got a Microsoft Band fitness tracker, or a Windows phone, you can sign-in just by having them near to your desktop or laptop.

You can also use Windows Hello to buy things from the Windows Store and log in to certain apps, which makes it much quicker to get your favourite programs. If you want to learn more about Windows 10, then our article below has information on loads of great new features.

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Safety is key with Windows Hello

Windows Hello is really safe because of the special tech in the camera that it uses. This camera uses infrared to measure the shape and temperature of your face. This means that no one can use your selfies to get into your PC – it won’t work.

All the information for Windows Hello is safely stored on that computer alone. It isn’t saved online, so no one can steal your fingerprints or your eye scans. And if you’re a little unsure about using Windows Hello, you can turn it off at any time.