Lenovo to offer fingerprint authenticated payments on laptops

September 26, 2016 - 

Lenovo is partnering with Intel, PayPal and Synaptics to combine its laptops with Intel’s on-chip hardware security, allowing users to log into FIDO-compliant services via Synaptic’s biometric fingerprint sensors instead of entering a password, according to a report by IT Pro.

Fast ID Online is FIDO’s set of technology-agnostic security specifications to ensure stronger authentication.

The security authentication feature in the new Lenovo devices leverages the built-in security features of 7th Gen Intel Core processors, the encryption and biometric features of Synaptics’ fingerprint sensor, and the payment processing and unique authentication ecosystem of PayPal.

“Passwords are a universal problem that is not limited to mobile devices,” said Brett McDowell, FIDO Alliance’s executive director. “Every internet-connected device needs the ability to upgrade to simpler, stronger FIDO authentication.”

“The average user has to remember passwords for many different accounts, from PC log-in, email to online shopping,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business group. “We wanted to help change that by freeing users from the burden of remembering complex passwords by providing a simple authentication solution.”

Lenovo has not specified when it will bring its systems with the new fingerprint authentication technology to market.

However, Jia said Lenovo will bring the new technology to laptops starting with the Yoga 910 convertible PC, set for release later this year.

Previously reported, Lenovo integrated Synaptics’ Natural ID area touch fingerprint sensor, FS4202, into its Vibe P1 smartphone.

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