Let’s take a look at how U2F technology addresses individuals, Windows Hello users, businesses and IT savvy users. For Individual Business Users and Professionals the risks associated with losing valuable as well as confidential data increases the importance of protecting individual laptops from theft. Particularly when it comes to those in specific industries such as healthcare, financial and legal services where confidentiality is critical. U2F provides an extra layer of security to those who need access to confidential information remotely through cloud services such as Google and Dropbox, protecting online accounts is increasingly paramount.
For IT Savvy Users, power users, such as programmers, can take further measures for a multi-factor authentication approach that goes beyond U2F. Many programmers store data on the collaborative development platform GitHub, and want to add an extra layer of security for the online account. A password manager such as Last Pass, on top of 2nd factor authentication, delivers greater security, but with simplicity and ease of use.
Windows Hello enables a more personal way to sign in to Windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch, delivering enterprise-grade security without having to type in a password. This makes it very easy for users to logon and with the assurance that their data is well protected. Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and most PCs with fingerprint readers already work with Windows Hello, and more devices that can recognize a face and fingerprint will be available in the future. Businesses whose employees do not yet have devices with face and fingerprint recognition capabilities should explore third party options that enable them to use Windows Hello, without having to replace an entire fleet of laptops.