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Learn about Windows Hello

Windows Hello lets you sign in to your Drexel-owned Windows devices using a PIN, fingerprint, or facial recognition. These options help make it easier and more secure to sign into your PC.

If you're tired of typing your Drexel password and want to sign in to your PC faster, try using Windows Hello.

Learn how to set up Windows Hello

  Note: Your Drexel password is still needed for Drexel Connect and other Drexel services and applications.

How does Windows Hello keep my info private?

Windows does not store pictures of your face or fingerprint on your device or anywhere else. When you set up Windows Hello biometrics, it takes data from the camera or fingerprint reader and creates a mathematical representation. That data is then encrypted before it’s stored on your device. The info that identifies your face or fingerprint never leaves your device.

How is a Windows Hello PIN better than a password?

It isn't the length or complexity of a Windows Hello PIN that makes it better than your Drexel password, it's how it works.

PIN is tied to your device

Your Windows Hello PIN is tied to the specific device on which it was set up. Your PIN is useless to anyone without access to your specific device.

Even you can't use that PIN anywhere except on that specific device. If you want to sign in on multiple devices, you’d have to set up Windows Hello on each device.

PIN is local to your device

Your Windows Hello PIN is local to your device, and it isn't transmitted anywhere or stored on a server.

PIN is backed by hardware

Your Windows Hello PIN is backed by a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, which is a hardware component on your device that provides security features. The TPM includes multiple physical security mechanisms to make it tamper resistant, and malicious software is unable to tamper with TPM security functions.

The TPM protects against a variety of known and potential attacks, including brute-force attacks. After too many incorrect PIN guesses, the device is locked.

How are Windows Hello biometrics better than a password?

Windows Hello biometrics—your fingerprint or face—are unique to you, and require physical access to your device.

Windows Hello facial recognition uses special cameras that see in infrared light, which allows them to reliably tell the difference between a person and a photograph or scan.

Help and support

If you have questions about Windows Hello, contact your IT department or the Drexel IT Help Desk.