Microsoft files a new Patent Application for Windows 10 Lock Screen

Microsoft is planning to add an extra layer of defense to Windows 10 computers. The company has filed a new patent application that attempts to make Windows 10 lock screen more resistant to data compromise.

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Microsoft Patent Application for Windows 10 LockScreen

The lock screen is an integral part of Windows OS as it provides easy login by entering correct credentials and at the same time prevent the device from unauthenticated intrusions. How? Computing devices that utilize lock screens typically limit the exchange of details that can be accessed via the lock screen. For instance, the lock screen may be used to display text messages received but prohibit a user from responding to them. Similarly, the lock screen may give access to certain apps readily (camera for capturing images) but restrict the same from accessing it when images are stored

For instance, the lock screen may be used to display text messages received but prohibit a user from responding to them. Similarly, the lock screen may give access to certain apps readily (camera for capturing images) but restrict the same from accessing it when images are stored in a suitable place.

The patent seeks permission for using BIOMETRIC USER AUTHENTICATION to ascertain the identity of a user. This mode of authentication has many benefits as it would allow only authenticated users to activate their device.

Also, based on the confidence level of its identification, the OS would determine the amount of information to be shared or displayed. Microsoft claims, its feature would not only make the system more secure but make the lock screen a more useful desktop substitute.

In order to make this method (biometric authentication) work, it is imperative that Microsoft should come up with some genuine / reliable unlocking mechanisms. Technologies like facial recognition, iris/retina scan and others that collect biometric data via biometric sensors should not misuse it. Readers, interested in checking out the content of the patent application, visit

Readers, interested in checking out the content of the patent application, visit here.

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