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Device Requirements for Secure Connect

This article applies to: Secure Connect

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Your biometric sensor must use either facial or fingerprint recognition in order to work with Secure Connect. Security keys that lack this functionality (for example, a Yubikey) are not compatible.

MacOS

To enjoy the full benefits of Secure Connect, you need to use Touch ID via a fingerprint reader. If your device was purchased after 2018 it most likely has Touch ID built in.

If you use a docking station, see if you can still access your laptop's fingerprint reader while your laptop is docked; if you can't, you will need an accessory device.

Windows

To enjoy the full benefits of Secure Connect, you need to use Windows Hello via a fingerprint reader or IR (optical and infrared) webcam.

  • If your laptop or desktop was purchased after late 2023, it most likely has a biometric reader. If it was purchased before late 2023, it probably doesn't have a biometric reader.
  • If you use a docking station, see if you can still access your laptop's fingerprint reader while your laptop is docked; if you can't, you will need an accessory device.

Purchasing Biometric Readers

If you have a Cornell-managed device, contact your local IT staff to request an accessory device to add this feature.

If you purchase your own biometrics pay attention to the following:

Fingerprint Readers

The fingerprint reader landscape changes too quickly to reasonably manage a list of recommended hardware. When you purchase a reader for a Windows device, the device must state compatibility with Windows Hello for it to work with Secure Connect.

Facial Recognition

  • Cameras must include both optical and infrared sensors
  • The hardware must state compatibility with Windows Hello
  • Examples tested by CIT (as of January 2024):
It is possible to use Secure Connect without Windows Hello or Touch ID by entering your password (instead of biometrics) every time you need to log in. This method is not preferred, but it will work.

If you use a personal device with secure connect, that device must use biometrics in order to work with Secure Connect.

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