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log onto computer without passwordMost people log into a computer the same way. They sit down, they select their account, and they type in their password. This method of logging in isn’t fancy, but it continues to be the most popular because it works well. It’s quick, secure and doesn’t require any special effort on the part of the user.

Still, there is always room for improvement, and new technologies have opened up new ways to log in to your computer. Let’s take a look at two login methods that bypass normal password protection and instead use parts of your body for identification.

Facial Recognition: Luxand Blink

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The easiest and most convenient alternative to using a password to log into your computer is facial recognition. This method of log in requires that you have a webcam 5 Boring Webcams To Watch If You Have No Life 5 Boring Webcams To Watch If You Have No Life Read More mounted on top of your monitor and requires that you have facial recognition software installed on your computer.

It’s possible that your webcam might come with such software bundled, but the webcam I have did not come with this included. In order to enable facial recognition I downloaded the free version of Luxand Blink.

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Luxand Blink is simple software (at least, the free version is). When you install it and boot the program, it will automatically begin the process of remembering your face. This only takes a few moments. Once your face has been stored (this is called a face template by the software) you will be able to log in simply by sitting down at your computer and pointing your face in the direction of your webcam. You will still have the option of logging in with your password, however.

I found that Blink was reliable even when I changed the lighting in my office. However, keep in mind that extreme differences in lighting and the quality of your webcam can cause issues. It’s best to record your face template during a lighting condition that most accurately represents the lighting of the room when you’d normally log in.

Fingerprint Readers

log onto computer without passwordAnother alternative to the traditional password login is a fingerprint reader. This feature, which is often included on high-end business laptops and workstations, is both convenient and secure.

Obviously, you’ll need to own or buy a fingerprint reader if you want to log in using this method. There are many fingerprint readers on the market including the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader and options from less well known companies like Eikon.

Unlike webcams, which don’t always come with facial recognition software packaged in, fingerprint readers ship with everything you should need to use them. Once you’ve unpackaged and installed the software you simply need to register your fingerprint with the detection software. Tada! You’ll now be able to log in to your computer simply by pressing your finger to the fingerprint reader.

Fingerprint readers are reliable because accuracy isn’t dependent on environmental factors such as lighting. These readers can also be used to as a log in method for a lot more than just your PC. Fingerprint identification can be used to log into websites, sign on to wireless networks, and more (provided that the drivers and software shipped with your fingerprint reader supports these features, of course).

Conclusion

These alternatives to logging in with a password do require more setup and, ultimately, more cash than logging in with a password. Even if you can obtain the software for free, you still need the hardware. Still, prices aren’t too prohibitive – around $20 to $50 for a decent webcam and $50 for a fingerprint reader. If you know of a neat alternative log in method that isn’t mentioned here let us know in the comments.

  1. Anonymous
    December 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I think maybe some people will impatient of logging in every single time when reboot their computers, expecially while they are just running home computers for gaming, listening to music, seeing a film or doing something unimportant. Today we will take a look at how to log on automatically in Windows 7 or Vista.

    Related article: Log on Automatically in Windows 7 or Vista
    http://www.windows7password.net/log-on-automatically-in-windows-7-or-vista/

  2. Susan
    December 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

    The most easy and safe method for you - Tacking a Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 as your reference.
    Here below is the detailed information for you:

    The main function of this software:
    Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 is professional Windows password recovery software for you to reset Windows password including administrator password and user password with ease. It provides you a fast and secure solution to recover forgotten Windows password for Windows XP/7/Vista/2000/NT/2003 and 2008.

    Tools you need:
    1.Relax and trust this software can help you out of the trouble
    2. A blank CD/DVD
    3. A bootable CD/DVD-ROM drive.
    4. Go to Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 official website: http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com

    The step-by-step guideline:
    Step1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 and install it.
    Step2: Burn the ISO image file onto a blank CD/DVD.
    Step3: Boot up your Windows PC by the bootable burned CD/DVD in minutes.
    Step4: Remove the forgot Windows password on the operation interface and logon PC without password.

    At last :
    When re-access to your Windows PC, you can enjoy family pictures!

  3. cindypcdoctor
    December 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I think maybe some people will impatient of logging in every single time when reboot their computers, expecially while they are just running home computers for gaming, listening to music, seeing a film or doing something unimportant. Today we will take a look at how to log on automatically in Windows 7 or Vista.

    Related article: Log on Automatically in Windows 7 or Vista
    http://www.windows7password.ne...

  4. Susan
    December 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

    The most easy and safe method for you - Tacking a Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 as your reference.
    Here below is the detailed information for you:

    The main function of this software:
    Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 is professional Windows password recovery software for you to reset Windows password including administrator password and user password with ease. It provides you a fast and secure solution to recover forgotten Windows password for Windows XP/7/Vista/2000/NT/2003 and 2008.

    Tools you need:
    1.Relax and trust this software can help you out of the trouble
    2. A blank CD/DVD
    3. A bootable CD/DVD-ROM drive.
    4. Go to Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 official website: http://www.windowspasswordsrec...

    The step-by-step guideline:
    Step1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 and install it.
    Step2: Burn the ISO image file onto a blank CD/DVD.
    Step3: Boot up your Windows PC by the bootable burned CD/DVD in minutes.
    Step4: Remove the forgot Windows password on the operation interface and logon PC without password.

    At last :
    When re-access to your Windows PC, you can enjoy family pictures!

  5. @stephenhau
    December 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    +1 for the Eikon/UPEK fingerprint reader. From my experience, here are a few things to try...
    Scan several fingers for one login - after a day of DIY, some of my fingerprints are unreadable, so it's useful to have 'spares'.
    Scan several other fingers for Admin account login.
    The software can also store usernames/passwords for websites, and sign in using a fingerprint.
    I highly recommend it! (I'm not on commission, but I should be :))

  6. @stephenhau
    December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

    +1 for the Eikon/UPEK fingerprint reader. From my experience, here are a few things to try...
    Scan several fingers for one login - after a day of DIY, some of my fingerprints are unreadable, so it's useful to have 'spares'.
    Scan several other fingers for Admin account login.
    The software can also store usernames/passwords for websites, and sign in using a fingerprint.
    I highly recommend it! (I'm not on commission, but I should be :))

  7. Rylai
    November 30, 2010 at 3:11 am

    A Windows Password Reset Disk could do all the job for you, it can reset your lost Windows password safely and quickly without login, you can use the tool Windows Password Breaker to help you create a Windows password reset disk, then reset your password.

    you can get Windows Password Breaker from Official site: http://www.recoverwindowspassword.com/

  8. Rylai
    November 30, 2010 at 4:11 am

    A Windows Password Reset Disk could do all the job for you, it can reset your lost Windows password safely and quickly without login, you can use the tool Windows Password Breaker to help you create a Windows password reset disk, then reset your password.

    you can get Windows Password Breaker from Official site: http://www.recoverwindowspassw...

  9. Alberto Lemus
    November 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I'm sorry but I'm having trouble with this Luxand Blink software. when it tries to launch the program doesn't seem to work and it doesn't let me get into my account manually, i'm totally screwed here :( Right now i'm trying to work with my guest account, trying to figure out a way to get into my account. plase help... i'm dying here :(

  10. M.S. Smith
    November 28, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I think he means you can set an account to not have a password at all, thus letting you log in without one.

    Otherwise, I don't know.

  11. venkat
    November 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    We can logon to windows 7 without typing our password.

    • Arizonnadude
      November 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      Other than facial recognition or fingerprint verification? Please share your method ?

      • M.S. Smith
        November 28, 2010 at 5:08 am

        I think he means you can set an account to not have a password at all, thus letting you log in without one.

        Otherwise, I don't know.

  12. Nico
    November 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    anyway to do it by voice?

    • M.S. Smith
      November 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Not that I found. I wanted to add a voice method, so I spent a fair amount of time of searching for something that would do it, but I had no luck.

      • Nico
        November 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

        To bad :( i think it would be a great way to log in :P "log in vecky" (pc logging in)

  13. James Bruce
    November 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I had a quick look for Mac alternatives, but it seems there are none whatsoever. Though apple did purchase a company last year that was working on face recognition with iOS, so it may be coming sooner than we think ;)

  14. James Bruce
    November 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I had a quick look for Mac alternatives, but it seems there are none whatsoever. Though apple did purchase a company last year that was working on face recognition with iOS, so it may be coming sooner than we think ;)

  15. Srivatsan Venkatesh
    November 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Luxand Blink doesn't work for XP. You can use BananaScreen, which is an older and free version of KeyLemon.

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