Any detail counts when it comes to improving the privacy of your files and documents. All it takes is a carelessness when you get up to go get a coffee from the vending machine and someone can take a quick look at what you have on your screen or access one of your files.
Windows 11 already has a feature presence recognition with which it can block the computer when it detects that you are not in front of it, provided it has the necessary hardware to do so, and activate it again when you sit in front of it again.
Microsoft is rolling out a new preview build of Windows 11 for members of the Beta channel in which it is introduced new APIs for devices with presence sensors.
This new version in test phase provides access to applications that can provide unique experiences based on presence detection for improve data security and privacy of the user making the applications, and not only the operating system as up to now, detect when you are in front of your PC.
The company founded by Bill Gates announced in a blog post the deployment of the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.1610 and Build 22624.1610 distributed through the Beta channel that is reserved for registered developers and testers.
Both builds are similar, but the main difference is that build 22621.1610 comes with the new presence detection functions disabled by default. However, both versions introduce new privacy settings and developer APIs that enable these features on devices equipped with presence sensors.
The importance of this new update is that windows 11 extends this feature to applications, allowing developers to incorporate them into their projects, improving security and privacy in their applications through a series of APIs that facilitate access to the presence sensors that computers, mainly laptops, have in their cameras or microphones.
As an added precaution, applications that want to use the devices’ presence sensor they must ask the user for express permission before activating them, which will have a new space in the Privacy menu of Settings from which you can verify which applications are detecting your presence, and activate or deactivate access permissions.
In this way, Windows 11 goes one step further in the improvement of the privacy of its usersmaking the experience of using the applications much more natural by taking advantage of the new implementations that combine artificial intelligence and sensors to determine if the user is using the equipment or it is necessary to take protection measures in his absence.