Windows Hello to add feature that locks device when user moves away from camera

February 15, 2017 - 

The upcoming Creators Update of Windows 10 will add a new feature to Windows Hello which automatically locks a device when the user walks away from the camera, according to a report by Network World.

Windows 10’s security feature currently uses Azure Active Directory and hybrid environments with Azure Active Directory Connect.

The Creators Update will open up Windows Hello’s use to all organizations with on-premise, Active Directory-only environments, especially those in public sector.

Windows Hello will also feature Dynamic Lock, which uses Bluetooth signals to automatically lock a device when the user walks away from the camera.

The proximity will be based on distance between the user’s smartphone and the Windows 10 device and can be configured in settings or through policy.

Microsoft is also partnering with Intel on its Project EVO for endpoint security, as well as announced that it will integrate Windows Hello into Intel’s Authenticate technology.

The move will enable Windows Hello to benefit from Authenticate’s hardware-based authentication factors to safeguard users from various attacks.

Microsoft and Intel are expected to deliver this capability by the end of the year.

Previously reported, Microsoft will introduce in April a new security service called Windows Defender Security Center, which serves as a dashboard for all security features, as part of its Creator’s Update.

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