Being an ever-growing concern, improved digital security measures can make it harder for hackers to gain access to your system. Rather than securing your system with a simple password, which can be hacked, you can use your unique fingerprint. Windows 10 comes with an array of options for logging in to your computer. One of these options is Windows Hello, which you can use as an alternative way to log into Windows. Using this feature, you may use your fingerprint, a PIN, picture password, a security USB key, or even your face (available from the webcam). Some newer computer models have been coming with in-built fingerprint scanners.
Considering fingerprints are unique security markers, using them makes it a secure way to log in to your computer. Additionally, using fingerprints can be much easier as opposed to a password or PIN that requires you to memorize. However, for Windows Hello Fingerprint to work, your computer must have a fingerprint sensor. Optionally, if you do not have an in-built one, you can add a USB fingerprint sensor that will connect to your computer.
Setting Up Windows Hello Fingerprint Login
To set up Windows Hello fingerprint logins, follow the steps below:
- Navigate to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.
- Select Windows Hello Fingerprint for signing into your computer, and then click on the Set up button.
- Next, follow the on-screen instructions until you get to the setup wizard.
- Once the setup wizard starts, you will first be asked to enter your PIN or password. Therefore, if you have neither a PIN nor a password, you will have to create one to proceed with setting up the fingerprint reader.
- Swipe the finger you want on your sensor until Windows gets a full scan of your print. You may have to repeat this step several times for the sensor to get a good reading of your fingerprint.
- Upon completion, you will get a message showing, All set! If you wish, you may add another finger before closing the window or later on by returning to the sign-in options.
- Lastly, you can close the window.
Note that using the Windows Hello Fingerprint option to log in varies depending on the quality of your fingerprint sensor. As such, when logging in, try pressing your fingerprint a bit harder, or swiping faster or slower, etc.
Also, ensure your Windows 10 sensor is clean so that it can properly read your print. You may use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to clean it.