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Death of the Password Staff Writer

Friday, September 18, 2015

Death of the Password
Data Security

In case the “Microsoft 10” popup offer hasn’t been nagging you from the lower right hand corner of your computer screen for the last 4 weeks, let me be the first to tell you that Intel is offering Microsoft 10 free if you have Microsoft 7, 8 or 8.1. (By the way, that popup is easily banished. Just sayin’…)

The most significant development of Microsoft 10 is abolishment of the password through use of facial recognition with depth recognition, body heat and blood pressure sensors, blink detection and fingerprint technology.

Intel touts this as far safer than the old “Which of my passwords works on this site” technology. “We want to eliminate all passwords from computing,” says Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group.

Intel makes no bones about obliterating the password. In late 2014, the Company acquired PasswordBox, allowing users to log in to apps and web sites without typing passwords. In early 2015, Intel released an app called True Key allowing apps log-in by biometric features, such as the distance between your eyes or different facial points. Now there is Windows Hello, allowing facial log-in with Microsoft 10.

Of course, the use of this free Microsoft 10 technology requires:
- A sixth generation core system, released by Intel in early September2015;
- An Intel RealSense 3D Camera; and….
- Oh, let’s face it: you’ll need a new computer, since this Intel development will supposedly “boost PC sales.”

I’ve read many comments on the new technology and the response has been underwhelming! There isn’t much trust “out there” for biometric/facial data’s replacement of passwords:

- “This is another way to force people to buy new technology to replace technology.”

- “Read the user agreement: Intel can store your information anywhere in the world, including countries that do not have the U. S.’s protections.”

- “What if your biometric information gets hacked? A password is easily changed but good luck changing your biometrics or preventing its use by criminal hackers.”

- “This seems like a perfect way for the Government to gather our information and abuse it.”

- “Hello, ‘Big Brother.’”

- “The only data they can’t hack (yet) are my thoughts, so I’ll keep my passwords, thanks.”

- “This feels like ‘stalker-ware.’”

- “They already know too much. Look up a recipe for sauerkraut and within 30 minutes you’re accosted by ads about airfare to Germany.”

- “What happens if your looks change, by an accident, plastic surgery or gaining/losing weight, for example?”

- “The promotion is misleading. No system is ever secure.”

- “What about privacy rights?”

- “The ‘free’ Microsoft 10 operating system has many bugs, loused up my computer and cost $125 to remove from my computer.”

- “Intel is the ‘hidden’ branch of the NSA/U. S. government.”

- “Intel will sell your biometric information to insurance companies, which will use that information against you.”

- (and the all-purpose) “New operating system = new set of problems.”

I’ve been around since we practically had to pedal computers to make them work and Intel innovations usually win out in the end. However, some of us are wary at this point.

By Kathy Catanzarite

Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Staff Writer

Note from This article is to be used as an educational guide only and should not be interpreted as a legal consultation. Readers of this article are advised to seek an attorney if a legal consultation is needed. Laws may vary by state and are subject to change, thus the accuracy of this information can not be guaranteed. Readers act on this information solely at their own risk. Neither the author,, or any of its affiliates shall have any liability stemming from this article.

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