Microsoft Rolls out Hardware Requirement Changes for Windows 10 to Beef up Security

Posted on July 28, 2016 by .

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There isn’t any question about what Microsoft’s flagship product is as they are rolling out new hardware requirements for Windows 10 to beef up security essentially.

To make Microsoft’s most advantageous and illustrious product more secure, the company is rolling out new hardware requirements for Windows 10 that include hardware-based features like the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) better while adding biometric features in place of traditional passwords.

A new TPM 2.0 is set to be launched for Windows 10 and Microsoft is asking that computer hardware makers, including smartphones and tablet makers, to get on board to support the changes. A new TPM 2.0 feature will benefit users as together with updated hardware to support the infrastructure will benefit users to protect sensitive information on a PC. Moreover, TPM 2.0 will add a security layer that is in the form of a chipset or firmware that can protect data by the management of cryptographic keys.

In addition to TPM 2.0, Microsoft wants to move away from passwords to utilize biometric means of authenticating users. Such a setup would use fingerprint, face or iris recognition, which will all work in sync with TPM 2.0.

A two-factor authentication through Microsoft Passport using biometrics and a pin-based authentication may be the way that Microsoft moves with their new hardware requirements to run Windows 10. Moreover, the two-factor authentication via TPM 2.0 could be used across the board for logging into web pages or identifying the proper owner of a given PC, smartphone, or Tablet.

TPM has its limitations, though. Experts say that TPM may not protect the encryption keys from being attacked by a hacker. Spoofing of a user could take place if the attacker claims ownership in creative ways. Still, TPM would be a step in the right direction initially as it has self-contained encrypted data that is not easily accessed or hacked.

Business PCs have been using TPM for some several years. Many new PCs incorporate TPM 2.0, but that excludes many new low-cost systems, which may not meet Microsoft’s new Windows 10 requirements once they are rolled out. As far as timing of the new requirements, Microsoft expects to make the change in the third quarter of 2016 and will only support Windows 10.

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