Lenovo, Intel, PayPal, Synaptics partner to bring FIDO authentication to laptops

Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics and PayPal have revealed a collaborative effort to bring simple and safe authentication experiences to enterprise and consumer use cases, according to a press release. The collaboration will enable Lenovo customers to be able to authenticate to online FIDO-enabled services like PayPal by using a fingerprint instead of a password.

“I commend Intel, Lenovo, Synaptics and PayPal, all FIDO Alliance board members, for partnering to FIDO-enable biometric authentication on the desktop,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “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 and thanks to this partnership, the desktop ecosystem is on an accelerated path to get the same FIDO capabilities already well established across the mobile ecosystem.”

This biometric authentication system for PCs will implement current FIDO standards, bringing established FIDO biometric authentication capabilities to the PC, according to the announcement.

“The average user has to remember passwords for many different accounts, from PC log-in, email to online shopping. We wanted to help change that by freeing users from the burden of remembering complex passwords by providing a simple authentication solution,” said Johnson Jia, senior vice president of PC and smart device business group at Lenovo. “We’re excited to be the first PC company to partner with Intel, PayPal and Synaptics to bring users simpler and safer online authentication based on the released FIDO standards, through fingerprint readers designed for improved security on our laptops starting with the Yoga 910 convertible.”

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