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This Lenovo Yoga 920 is the future of passwordless computing

Dean Evans Technology Writer Twitter

The Lenovo Yoga 920 is a stunning 2 in 1 Windows PC. Equipped with the same eye-catching watchband hinge as the older 910 model, it boasts an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, a 13.9-inch touchscreen (either Full HD or Ultra HD), and comes in snazzy Platinum, Bronze and Copper finishes. It also hides a computing first.

The Yoga 920 is one of several Lenovo PCs (including the 2nd generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet, 5th generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and IdeaPad 720S) that aim to eliminate the traditional (and often hard to remember) alphanumeric password.

The key to this passwordless future is FIDO (Fast IDentity Online), described as an “interoperable ecosystem of hardware-, mobile- and biometrics-based authenticators that can be used with many apps and websites.”

There are two elements to it. First, instead of relying on a password to log into a site like PayPal, Dropbox or Facebook, FIDO Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) support allows users to securely identify themselves via the Yoga 920’s fingerprint reader instead.

Two factor authentication

Second, passwords can effectively be banished in favour of a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) approach, which uses “security keys that are protected and rooted deeply in the PC’s hardware, ultimately increasing user protection and reducing fraud.”

Both UAF and U2F experiences are enabled in the Yoga 920 by Intel Online Connect, which is available on 7th and 8th generation Intel Core CPUs. So rather than use a separate device (like a smartphone or USB dongle) to authenticate your identity, second factor authentication is built right into the hardware. Even if your username and password are stolen, your account remains secure and protected.

Lenovo is the first PC company to include FIDO-certified authenticators integrated directly into its Windows PCs.

Hassle-free, built-in security

“Going online has become an indispensable part of our daily lives in the always-on, digital world,” explained Johnson Jia, Senior Vice President of Lenovo’s PCs and Smart Devices Product Group.

“People need hassle-free, built-in security that helps to protect them when logging into websites for banking, shopping and social media. Partnering with Intel to deliver FIDO-certified solutions, we’re addressing online security issues head-on by providing a simpler, safer online authentication experience and reducing our dependency on passwords alone.”

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon FIDO
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of several PCs compatible with FIDO authentication.

We’ve already looked at the inadequacies of the traditional password and revealed how many of us still pick passwords that can be easily hacked. UAF (which could also include voice, iris or facial recognition) and U2F (which might use codes texted to smartphones, NFC, Bluetooth or USB keys) are the logical upgrades.

FIDO-compatible systems from Lenovo currently include: the 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. Look out for other manufacturers to adopt the standard going forward.

Intel Online Connect is just one of the many advantages to owning a Windows PC with a new 8th generation Intel Core processor. Find out more here.

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