Synaptics touts more secure fingerprint readers, in time for Windows 10 and Android M

Amid an industry-wide push to eliminate passwords, Synaptics is promising a more secure way to store fingerprint data.

The company’s “Match-in-Sensor” technology pairs a fingerprint sensor with a dedicated microprocessor for executing firmware. This allows users to authenticate without sending any actual fingerprint data to the operating system, where it might be more susceptible to malware attacks.

The idea of isolating fingerprint data isn’t new. Apple’s iPhone, for instance, stores TouchID fingerprint data in a “Secure Enclave,” letting apps authenticate the user’s print without seeing the actual data. But so far, fingerprint readers haven’t gone mainstream on other devices, possibly due to a lack of solutions for isolating the data.

A Guy