Lenovo Debuts First PCs With Built-In FIDO Authentication

Lenovo Debuts First PCs With Built-In FIDO Authentication

Intel & Lenovo now bring FIDO Authentication to PC market. FIDO Authentication aim to provide consumers with “simpler and safer online authentication”

The FIDO Alliance, a company backed by organisations especially Samsung, Microsoft and Google to support the elimination of passwords altogether. However Apple’s Touch ID isn’t compatible with FIDO.

Lenovo and Intel’s latest innovation has debuted the first implementation of FIDO standards directly into PCs. Lenovo’s latest PCs including the Yoga™ 920, ThinkPad™ X1 Tablet (2nd generation), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th generation) and IdeaPad™ 720S integrate FIDO-certified authenticators directly into the core of the PCs, bringing simpler and safer online authentication when logging into popular websites like PayPal, Google, Dropbox and Facebook.

Users now have a safer way to log in with the touch of a finger on the integrated fingerprint reader through Universal Authentication Framework (UAF), or the click of a real-time, on screen button through Universal 2nd Factor (U2F). With these integrated FIDO authenticators, websites use security keys that are protected and rooted deeply in the PC’s hardware, ultimately increasing user protection and reducing fraud.

  • UAF fingerprint authentication: With the touch of a finger on the encrypted fingerprint reader embedded on the PC, users can easily authenticate to their PayPal account.
  • U2F with built-in 2nd factor authentication: An additional security factor is incorporated into the authentication process after users log in to a website using their standard user ID and password access. Instead of using a separate security key or SMS code, 2nd factor authentication is built into the PC to identify the user and directly prompts the user to click a button to log into websites like Google, Facebook, Dropbox and many more