Lenovo’s latest Intel laptops will eliminate the need for passwords

Lenovo and Intel yesterday announced the first PC-ready solution that brings simpler and safer online authentication when users log into popular websites like PayPal, Google, Dropbox and Facebook. Instead of using passwords for logging into websites, users can log in with the touch of a finger on the integrated fingerprint reader through Universal Authentication Framework (UAF), or they can click a a real-time, on screen button through Universal 2nd Factor (U2F).

  • UAF fingerprint authentication: With the touch of a finger on the encrypted fingerprint reader embedded on the PC, users can easily authenticate to their PayPal account.
  • U2F with built-in 2nd factor authentication: An additional security factor is incorporated into the authentication process after users log in to a website using their standard user ID and password access. Instead of using a separate security key or SMS code, 2nd factor authentication is built into the PC to identify the user and directly prompts the user to click a button to log into websites like Google, Facebook, Dropbox and many more here.

Integrated FIDO authenticators are very safe when compared to other solutions, because the security keys are protected in the PC’s hardware (Intel SGX  is built into 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors).

Intel Online Connect can be downloaded here and will be made available via Lenovo System Update and Lenovo App Explorer on all Lenovo laptops with 7th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors that have enabled Intel SGX. Following Lenovo PCs are compatible with this solution: Yoga 920, IdeaPad 720S, ThinkPad X1 Tablet (2nd generation), ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th generation), ThinkPad Yoga 370, ThinkPad T570, ThinkPad P51s, ThinkPad T470s, ThinkPad X270 and ThinkPad X270s.

If you own any of the above laptops, download Intel Online Connect and give it a try.

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