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Windows 8 aims to take pain out of managing passwords
Posted on Dec 15 2011 01:07 PM by xper in Software

Juggling passwords for all the Web sites and accounts we use is a neverending challenge, but one that Microsoft hopes to resolve in Windows 8.

Protecting yourself on the Internet typically requires the use of passwords. But that process has never been easy or truly safe. Most people either try to remember too many passwords or simply use the same passwords for all their accounts. Both approaches leave the door open for hackers to access your personal information.

What's needed is a simpler yet still secure approach.

In the latest edition of the Building Windows 8 blog, Dustin Ingalls, a group program manager on Microsoft's security and identity team, explains how both Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 will try to adopt that simpler yet secure approach.

The upcoming new version of IE will let users store and access the account names and passwords for all of the Web sites and many of the applications they use. You can choose to have IE10 securely house your credentials and then automatically retrieve them when you visit a password-protected site.

The new Metro-style apps can also tap into the same feature since developers will be able to design their apps with the ability to store and retrieve user names and passwords.

Full story: C|Net

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