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HP Notebook PCs - Using HP SimplePass with a Fingerprint Reader, PIN or Password (Windows 8)

This document pertains to HP notebook computers with Windows 8 and a fingerprint reader.
HP SimplePass allows you to safely store logon information for your favorite websites, and use a single method of authentication for your password-protected website accounts. Choose a fingerprint, password or PIN to authenticate your identity. Your computer must have at least one password-protected Windows User Account to use HP SimplePass.
Use HP SimplePass to instantly open your browser and automatically log on to your password-protected website account. You can also use the fingerprint option of HP SimplePass to quickly log on to your Windows User Account.
Setting up HP SimplePass
Scan your fingerprint to enroll it in HP SimplePass. Then you can log on to Windows using a fingerprint reader and quickly access your password-protected website accounts. Enrolling your fingerprint is required to begin using HP SimplePass. However, you can select your Windows User Account password or a PIN instead of your enrolled fingerprint as your SimplePass.
Follow these steps to set up HP SimplePass:
  1. At the Start screen, type HP SimplePass, and then select HP SimplePass to open the application.
  2. Click the Get started button.
    Figure : HP SimplePass
     HP SimplePass
  3. Swipe the fingerprint reader with your finger repeatedly until the indicator displays 100%.
     note:
    The fingerprint reader is usually located to the left or right of the touchpad on your computer.
    Figure : Enrolling your fingerprint
    Enrolling a fingerprint
  4. Select a SimplePass method (PIN, password, or fingerprint reader) for logging on to Windows and your password-protected website accounts, then click Next.
    Figure : Select your SimplePass
    Select your SimplePass
  5. Follow any on-screen instructions that display, and then click Yes to log on to Windows using HP SimplePass.
    Figure : Enrollment complete
    Enrollment complete
    Click Done. HP SimplePass is set up and ready to use.
Registering website account credentials in HP SimplePass
Instantly open your browser and automatically log on to your password-protected website accounts by registering the website accounts and credentials in HP SimplePass. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.
Registering a website creates an icon that represents the website account you are registering in HP SimplePass. Registering a website account also securely stores the website name, web address, username, password, and other applicable information associated with the website account in HP SimplePass.
 note:
Passwords containing the "+" symbol may not be saved using HP SimplePass.
You must set up HP SimplePass before you can register any website accounts. Follow these steps to register a website account:
  1. Open a web browser and navigate to a website where you have a password-protected account.
  2. Log on with your username and password for the website account.
    Figure : Sample secure login
    Sample secure login
    An HP SimplePass screen displays.
  3. Select an option for saving the website account information in HP SimplePass.
    • To save the website and log on information for this website account in HP SimplePass, click Yes.
      Figure : Remember this password?
      Remember this password
      HP SimplePass displays the Remember this password? prompt each time you log on to a website account that is not registered in HP SimplePass.
    • To have HP SimplePass register this account, as well as automatically register your other website accounts:
      1. Click More options.
        Figure : More options
        More options
      2. Click Remember all sites.
        Figure : More Options
        More Options
        HP SimplePass registers each website account automatically, the next time you log on to a website account.
Logging on to an HP SimplePass registered website account
Use your SimplePass to log on to website accounts that are registered in HP SimplePass. By using HP SimplePass, you only have to remember one way to verify your identity (PIN, password, or fingerprint reader) to log on to a website account.
  1. Open a web browser and navigate to one of your registered websites.
    HP SimplePass displays a prompt for logging on to the website account.
  2. Use your SimplePass to verify your identity.
    Figure : Logging on to a registered website
    Logging on to a registered website with HP SimplePass
    The application automatically enters your username and password, and opens your website account.
Using My LaunchSite to log on to website accounts
Instantly open your browser and automatically log on to your password-protected website accounts using My LaunchSite.
  1. Click the HP SimplePass icon in the desktop taskbar, then log on using your PIN, password, or fingerprint.
    The My LaunchSite screen displays.
    Figure : My LaunchSite showing registered website accounts
    My LaunchSite showing registered websites accounts.
  2. Select a website icon.
    My LaunchSite opens your browser, goes to the website, and logs on to your password-protected account.
Changing HP SimplePass settings
My Settings allows you to control how HP SimplePass performs. You can enable HP SimplePass to always remember logon credentials for each new website account you log on to, as well as enable HP SimplePass to instantly open a browser and log on to your registered website accounts. Use My Settings to enable and disable the various HP SimplePass options.
Follow these steps to make changes in My Settings.
  1. Click the HP SimplePass icon in the desktop taskbar, then log on using your PIN, password, or fingerprint.
  2. Click the My Settings icon to open the My Settings screen.
    HP SimplePass options are displayed. An option is enabled when there is a checkmark in the box next to the option. An option is disabled when no checkmark displays in the box next to the option.
    Figure : My Settings
    My Settings with options
    These options are available in My Settings:
    • Sign in to my websites: Check this option to use HP SimplePass to remember websites and automatically fill in the credentials.
    • Sign in to Windows: Check this option to use HP SimplePass during Windows logon.
    • Pin HP SimplePass to the taskbar: Check this option to pin the HP SimplePass Control Center to your Windows taskbar for easy access.
    • Automatically remember all my websites: Check this option to allow HP SimplePass to automatically save your websites instead of prompting you.
    • Start up My LaunchSite: Check this option to enable the opening of My LaunchSite with a finger swipe. This option is only available when a fingerprint is set as your SimplePass.
  3. Click the box next to an option to enable or disable it, and then click Apply.
    Selecting Apply
    HP SimplePass saves your changes. Click the X in the upper right corner of the My Settings screen to exit My Settings.
Setting up a Secret question: Use a Secret question and Answer to help you log on to HP SimplePass if you forget or are unable to use your SimplePass. Make sure you choose a Secret question and Answer that only you know so that no one else can log on to your account.
  1. Click the Secret question box to select a question from the drop-down list.
  2. Click the Answer box and type the answer to the selected Secret question.
  3. Click Apply. HP SimplePass saves your Secret question.
Updating the fingerprint reader drivers and software
The device drivers and security applications designed and approved for your notebook are available on the HP Drivers and Downloads support website. Both drivers (Validity Fingerprint Sensor Driver) and security applications (HP SimplePass) are available.
Follow the steps below to install or update the fingerprint sensor drivers or security applications.
  1. Enter your product name or number in the Enter product name or number box, and then click Go.
    You might need select a model number from a list before you can access the support page for your product. If so, select your model number from the list.
  2. From your product support site, select Drivers & software.
  3. Select your language and operating system from the drop-down menus under Select driver language and OS.
  4. Choose to download the Validity Fingerprint Sensor driver or HP SimplePass application, as needed:
    • In the Driver - Keyboard, Mouse, and Input Devices section, click Validity Fingerprint Sensor Driver.
    • In the Software - Security section, click HP SimplePass Identity Protection Software.
  5. Click Download, and then click Save to save the file to a convenient location on your hard drive, such as the desktop on the computer.
  6. Double-click the downloaded file and then follow the instructions to install the driver or software.
Changing your SimplePass
Follow these steps to change a SimplePass:
  1. Click the HP SimplePass icon in the desktop taskbar, then log on using your PIN, password, or fingerprint.
  2. Click the My Settings icon to open the My Settings screen, and then click Modify.
    Figure : My Settings
    My Settings
  3. Select a SimplePass method (PIN, password, or fingerprint reader) for logging on to Windows and your password-protected website accounts, then click Next.
    Figure : Select your SimplePass
    Select your SimplePass
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to modify your SimplePass, if displayed, then click Done.
    Figure : Successful enrolled fingerprint change
    Successful SimplePass change
    Your SimplePass has been changed.
Deleting your SimplePass
Follow these steps to remove your SimplePass:
 caution:
Make sure that you know your Windows User Account password before deleting your SimplePass. Once the SimplePass is deleted, Windows requires your Windows User Account password to unlock the computer. Deleting your SimplePass also deletes your HP SimplePass settings, registered websites, and website account logon information.
  1. Click the HP SimplePass icon in the desktop taskbar, then log on using your PIN, password, or fingerprint.
  2. Click the My Settings icon to open the My Settings screen, and then click Delete.
    Figure : My Settings
    My Settings
  3. Click Confirm.
    Figure : Confirm delete
    Confirm delete
    Your SimplePass is now deleted. You can set up a new SimplePass by following the steps in Setting up HP SimplePass.
Frequently Asked Questions
Refer to this section for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about HP SimplePass.
See the HP Support document Managing User Accounts and Logins (Windows 8) (in English) for information on setting up multiple Windows User Accounts.

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