Lenovo is bringing biometric security to PC payments

Intel, PayPal and Synaptics help add enterprise-grade security to PC-made purchases

Lenovo is working with Intel, PayPal and Synaptics to bring secure online payments to its personal computers with just the touch of a finger.

The idea of the deal is to allow buyers making purchases from their PCs to have access to enterprise-grade security measures without the use of passwords.

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The partnership will combine Lenovo's laptops with Intel's on-chip hardware security, allowing you to use Synaptic's biometric fingerprint sensors to replace passwords for logging into FIDO-compliant services.

FIDO-compliant means Fast ID Online, and is a set of technology-agnostic security specifications for stronger authentication. FIDO is developed by the FIDO Alliance, a non-profit organisation formed in 2012.

The FIDO-compliant feature in the new Lenovo devices makes use of the built-in security features of 7th Gen Intel Core processors; the encryption and biometric features of Synaptics' fingerprint sensor; and the payment processing and unique authentication ecosystem of PayPal.

"The average user has to remember passwords for many different accounts, from PC log-in, email to online shopping," Johnson Jia, senior vice president of Lenovo's PC and Smart Device Business Group, said in a statement. "We wanted to help change that by freeing users from the burden of remembering complex passwords by providing a simple authentication solution."

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The FIDO Alliance's executive director, Brett McDowell, added that "passwords are a universal problem that is not limited to mobile devices. Every internet-connected device needs the ability to upgrade to simpler, stronger FIDO authentication."

It's not yet clear when the Lenovo systems with the new fingerprint authentication technology will hit the market, but Jia said Lenovo will bring the new technology to its laptops beginning with the Yoga 910 convertible PC, set for release later this year.

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