Lloyds Banking Group to test Windows Hello logins with customers later this year

Lloyds Banking Group has announced that it will soon start testing out Windows Hello biometric authentication for customers logging into accounts online. Announced as a collaboration with Microsoft (via OnMSFT), the test will apply to customers logging into their Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland accounts.

According to Lloyds, the trial will kick off at some point in the second half of the year. Customers will have the option to log into their accounts using their face or a fingerprint instead of using a password. Since biometric data is stored locally and is unique to each person, the hope is that Windows Hello will make the login experience much more secure.

Outside of a general target of the second half of the year, there's no firm testing date just yet. Still, it's good to see a major player taking steps to increase account security with Windows Hello. If you're a customer, keep in mind that you'll need a PC equipped with either a fingerprint sensor or a Windows Hello-enabled webcam. Thankfully, it can be relatively cheap and easy to add Windows Hello to your PC these days.

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  • cool
  • Cool. Was just searching yesterday for websites making use of Windows hello.
  • Hey that's awesome! Hopefully more banks adopt this technology.
  • Would this work with Hello-enabled mobile devices?
  • IN theory. If the website does not require something like a java plug-in or flash, both of which Edge Mobile does not support.
  • How about putting the Lloyds bank app back in the store for W10 first!
  • Exactly what I was thinking.  Arguably the best use-case would be mobile so where is the Lloyds Banking app?  It would be a welcome addition to the continuing exodus of top tier apps. I can't see this gaining much traction on desktop / tablet without it first becoming successful and widely adopted on mobile but I'm happy to proved wrong.
  • Very cool. In the future I want to see Windows Hello available on IoT and the Connected Vehicle Platform
  • Thumbscan to start your car 😊
  • It's a shame Lloyds removed it's app from Windows Store. They should really develop a UWP desktop / mobile app - but I guess the web API is 'safer' for them in terms of development costs.
  • Someone (who worked in IT for a banking firm) once told me ages ago to avoid mobile banking apps on all platforms as they're much less secure than using the website. Much as I want my bank to have a UWP app, I'm not convinced I'd actually use it because of what he said!
  • I'm still over here waiting for Chase to offer Tap to Pay.
  • That's a good bot of news, hoping more UK banks follow their trial !!
  • USAA was supposed to be active in the AU. So far, nothing.
  • Nice
  • Here's hoping it will be a wide success and other banks will want to do this as well ^_^