Windows Hello: can identical twins fool Microsoft and Intel?

Windows 10, released last month by Microsoft, replaces the hack­able password system with biometric recognition. You log in using your fingerprints, and with eye and face recognition.

The new feature is called Windows Hello. If you have an iPhone or recent Samsung smartphone, you will know how convenient fingerprint recognition is, and it has proved consistent and reliable.But a large number of notebooks coming on to the market with Windows 10 offer face recognition as an alternative to passwords for accessing your account.The face recognition process involves a RealSense camera made by Intel, which sits embedded above the display. Three cameras — featuring an infra-red lens, a regular lens and a 3-D lens — use photographic analysis, heat detection and depth detection to decide who is at your computer display. Personally I found face recognition worked a treat. The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14 we used quickly identified who I was among several account holders, and in a flash logged me in. Before you could say “Satya Nadella”, I was transported to the Windows desktop. In fact, it worked too well. On a few occasions after I logged out, the laptop’s camera noticed I was lingering at the display and quickly logged me in again.

But would it work with identical twins?

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