Despite tenaciously hanging onto its spot as the most popular way to authenticate online users for a variety of use cases (including e-commerce transactions), companies are still looking for easier and more secure ways than usernames and passwords to accomplish the same thing. Most recently, Microsoft has applied for a U.S. patent that will enable authentication via the stylus that comes with its new Surface machines that run Windows 10.
According to the application, Microsoft will be able to authenticate users of the stylus through a variety of means including unique markers in the pen itself, performing a pre-defined gesture with the pen, using it in a certain location on the screen, its proximity to the device and more. Microsoft envisions any number of functions the pen could provide security for including logins, completing applications or verifying purchases.
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