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How You Can Log Into Windows 8 by Touching Pictures

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December 25, 2011 11:11:15 AM

So instead of hearing about people being "hacked" because they used the same "password" password for everything, what will we hear?

I'm guessing porn picture+10 taps of the vagina.
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December 25, 2011 11:26:23 AM

I'm not 'upgrading' to Windows 8. Lol
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December 25, 2011 11:53:20 AM

I think this is a bit odd. I would rather have a recorded face recognition matching while saying a pass phrase. This would work to allow admins direct access to any account depending on which pass phrase they use. All this would require is a simple 20 sec pre recorded clip of you saying the phrase for a match.
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December 25, 2011 11:55:36 AM

How about logging in with a password?
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December 25, 2011 12:13:34 PM

Great maybe one of my chickens can be trained to use Win8 lol. Being in the networking and security field this is a huge risk and isn't worth it. Even if it is tablets they still can hold sensitive data that can be stolen and used such as company records or personal info like SSN or credit card #.
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Anonymous
December 25, 2011 1:06:57 PM

someone please stop those idiots! windows 8 development it's getting out of control!!!
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Anonymous
December 25, 2011 1:11:31 PM

innovate! find a way for windows to stop crashing, get rid of BSoD once and for all; don't find another 100 ways for us to sign in...morons!!!
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December 25, 2011 1:20:27 PM

A simple popup virtual keyboard would do.
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December 25, 2011 1:51:56 PM

I think that's a nice feature. The guys who have 'security problems' probably forgot that most people don't use a password login at all on Windows. Even less people have a password on a tablet.
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December 25, 2011 1:56:28 PM

I have a great idea. Lets use a device that has a bunch of letters and commands on it and maybe we'll call it a keyboard. Than in the choose password section we can type out the password we want. Perfect solution. I'm a freakin genius!!!!!
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December 25, 2011 2:25:06 PM

You guys sure take changes really, really bad.
This isn't a bad thing, you can always use a password or picture pw. It's better to have the option to choose between 2 things than being forced to use only 1.
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December 25, 2011 2:51:52 PM

This has been announced when the Dev preview came out... OLD news is old.
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Anonymous
December 25, 2011 2:52:26 PM

Seriously people, relax. These are options. Some may be turned on or off in the beginning but you will be able to turn them on or off if you like.

There is already so much hate for windows 8 you people will be using xp for another decade.
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December 25, 2011 3:10:12 PM

The algorithms for unlocking or breaking passwords are to predict passwords and break into machines. Now,Here picture taping sequence and gestures can be predicted with permutation and combinations.But,advantages are no need of cam like face recognition or no need of fingure tips detector on machine.Its good alternative to regular password.
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December 25, 2011 3:29:09 PM

nobodies actually taking this seriously. It's called joking around. Even if there was 20 different ways to have a password I could care less.
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December 25, 2011 4:00:19 PM

the most secure way to have a password on a touchscreen device is to have a virtual keypad/keyboard where all of the keys are randomly arranged each time you log on, otherwise the areas where the keys used in the password are will stand out due to smudging.
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December 25, 2011 4:03:55 PM

fb39ca4the most secure way to have a password on a touchscreen device is to have a virtual keypad/keyboard where all of the keys are randomly arranged each time you log on, otherwise the areas where the keys used in the password are will stand out due to smudging.

now that sounds pretty good to me
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Anonymous
December 25, 2011 4:15:17 PM

Come on guys, chill out. That's a nice method, and if you took note of the "password", it would be hard to understand by anyone else.

Now, if you're really frustrated, just be creative when applying step 1, "Pick a photo that has at least 10 points of interest":
Get a nice and "complex" picture from your favourite porn star. It's guaranteed to have lots of points of interest, and it'd be fun to apply all those gestures on them... LOL!
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December 25, 2011 4:29:30 PM

Dear Zach, A PC is not Phone or Tablet. Dear Microsoft, you are doing it wrong again.
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December 25, 2011 4:40:27 PM

How about i get mad after anyone tries to use their dirty fingers on my 27" screen before i need to play BF3.
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December 25, 2011 6:20:44 PM

How about a combination if Iris, Fingerprint and Tongue scan ?

We call it the iFT Scan, patent it, then get sued for the lowercase 'i' of course :-)



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December 25, 2011 6:32:39 PM

Why does this matter? Unless you encrypt the hard drive with a password, USB boot tools exist that will allow someone access to the system anyway. Setting a Windows password only serves to keep honest people honest and the most base level of idiots out.
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December 25, 2011 7:03:21 PM

Why are people having a whinge about this though? It's not like Microsoft are forcing you to use it
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December 25, 2011 8:15:55 PM

it's incredibly hard to guess, imagine how many combinations are there
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December 25, 2011 9:27:31 PM

There are several ways to log into a win8 computer. You can use the tried and true method of a password, a 4 number pin, or a picture you can poke and prod to your heart's content. I use the new picture password on my touch screen netbook and have found it to be both easy and surprisingly secure. My co-worksers are pranksters, but even having seen my unlock they have not been able to duplicate it (yet) accurately enough to get in. So far as I have seen pokes are rather forgiving about placement, so I would use those as at a minimum, if at all. Circles are very picky about size, but not so much about placement. But lines are crazy annoying to break as they are picky about placement, size and direction. Enough so that I can log in with my right hand with no problem, but logging in with my left is out of the question... and that is with me knowing what my password is.

Anywho, I suspect that most will log in with a typed password in the end. But at least you have now heard an opinion of someone that uses it rather than all the silly nay-sayers.
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December 25, 2011 9:43:53 PM

This does nothing for people like me, who would just walk out with the entire computer in the first place.
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December 26, 2011 12:01:35 AM

Can't wait to hear the epliot stories on this tech. It will nice clues as to how they rig elections
target3I'm not 'upgrading' to Windows 8. Lol

I second that.
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December 26, 2011 12:04:19 AM

BenihanaThis does nothing for people like me, who would just walk out with the entire computer in the first place.

You make a good point, the thief is not going to site there at a home computer (especially a laptop) and try an break into it.
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December 26, 2011 12:05:11 AM

sorry, spelling site - sit
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Anonymous
December 26, 2011 1:08:47 AM

Not that this will actually prevent password cracking. The gesture will still be stored as some sort of hash, which can be cracked, but it's even easier now because the algorithm must accomodate a lesser degree of accuracy than a normal text password which must be typed with infinite accuracy. Furthermore, what happens if you forget the password? It's now impossible to use a password hint.

It's good to see Microsoft attempting to lead in "flash over substance" rather than following Apple for once.
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December 26, 2011 3:12:48 AM

So, I have a question. If I have a graphics tablet connected to my desktop, can I use that with the picture login? Don't have to worry as much about recognition of repeated gestures, and quite honestly this is all acadmic as far as security of a PC is concerned nowadays, but it would be an interesting feature. And for all the people spewing hate-filed rants and snide remarks, please remember that first this is an option, not a requirement, and second that nothing is gained through stagnation. Even if it sems like a stupid idea, innovation will lead to something more. You will only gain so much security from any login option considering most PC info thieves are bound to either take the whole thing or hack in anyway, but if the gesture recognition is percise enough it can prove to be much more difficult to figure out than a password or 4-digit pin.
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December 26, 2011 4:15:36 AM

laaaaaame
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December 26, 2011 4:42:29 AM

nforce4maxGreat maybe one of my chickens can be trained to use Win8 lol. Being in the networking and security field this is a huge risk and isn't worth it. Even if it is tablets they still can hold sensitive data that can be stolen and used such as company records or personal info like SSN or credit card #.


Is it just me, or are IT people the most out of the loop and technologically inept people ever?
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December 26, 2011 5:01:33 AM

math1337How about logging in with a password?

Good one. Someone pass that along to Microsoft. Sounds evolutionary to me.
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December 26, 2011 6:05:25 AM

truedelightinnovate! find a way for windows to stop crashing, get rid of BSoD once and for all; don't find another 100 ways for us to sign in...morons!!!


It crashes because you don't know how to install it and to work with it. OR you have a hardware problem. OR both.
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December 26, 2011 8:23:01 AM

It would have been a lot more better since it's on a handheld device to use the front cam and some face recognition tech with a added password to give access to the device.
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December 26, 2011 8:44:42 AM

lradunovic77How about i get mad after anyone tries to use their dirty fingers on my 27" screen before i need to play BF3.


Like and more like. Awesome 27" screen is awesome, dirty fingers are not.
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December 26, 2011 5:18:45 PM

fb39ca4the most secure way to have a password on a touchscreen device is to have a virtual keypad/keyboard where all of the keys are randomly arranged each time you log on, otherwise the areas where the keys used in the password are will stand out due to smudging.


That's what a U.S. Department of Defense web site uses.
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December 26, 2011 11:13:54 PM

In addition to the touch method above, I would like to be able to move my cursor to a "touch" point then press the shift key instead of touching (and oiling up) my monitor.
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December 27, 2011 2:02:41 AM

syndYou guys sure take changes really, really bad. This isn't a bad thing, you can always use a password or picture pw. It's better to have the option to choose between 2 things than being forced to use only 1.
They act like they want Microsoft to bring back Windows XP* and ignore this whole "mobile device fad". But if MS did this, then they'd just bitch about MS being behind the times. MS can't win. They'll whinge no matter what!

* Of course they completely forget the WinXP launch, and how WinXP was weak sauce before any Service Packs rolled out. So I guess they really want WinXP SP4 - maybe they could call it Windows XP.11 - Windows XP for Workgroups!
silver565Why are people having a whinge about this though? It's not like Microsoft are forcing you to use it
No! Even though they're not forcing me to use it, and it won't affect me at all, I refuse to allow it! I will whinge and piss myself! - Random Troll
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December 27, 2011 3:32:55 AM

I h8 Microsoft rawwwwwwrwerr smash idea lotssss! Me angry no reason garrararrarar.

Ya, that's what you all sound like to me.
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December 27, 2011 3:27:27 PM

Interesting login feature. But my college here have biometrics login.
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December 27, 2011 4:06:21 PM

What if the picture login is the only one you've setup and you accidentally delete THAT picture? Maybe it forces you to create an alternate login method in the initial setup.
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December 27, 2011 6:54:08 PM

dna gene sequences. Only secure login, my take like 5 days but damn if anyone will be able to crack that, unless that kill you... but really who wants your gaming rig that bad?
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Anonymous
December 27, 2011 11:06:06 PM

Makes me wonder if they'll incorporate log-in with Kinect, where you have to physically gesture your login.

The future looks to be very amusing.
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December 29, 2011 1:59:22 AM

The algorithms for unlocking or breaking passwords are to predict passwords and break into machines. Now,Here picture taping sequence and gestures can be predicted with permutation and combinations.But,advantages are no need of cam like face recognition or no need of fingure tips detector on machine.Its good alternative to regular password.
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December 29, 2011 10:36:51 PM

Wow, very neat. People can use pictures that are relevant to them and just draw a pattern as they see fit, instead of remembering some random combination of numbers and digits. Hopefully this reduces the usage of passwords like 1234.
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