Windows 8 Will Save Passwords in the Cloud

The latest piece details Microsoft's idea how to better protect your PC with passwords stored in the cloud as well as an infrastructure that will not lock you out when you either forget your password or someone else takes over your PC.

The solution is an approach with a password-manager-style credential manager which will enable users to store passwords for Windows in a similar way browsers do today. Just like IE10 will store account names and passwords for visited websites, Metro apps can use a direct API to store and retrieve credentials for that app. Windows 8 itself will support a sign-on via a Windows Live ID, which stores passwords in the cloud and synchronizes those passwords in an environment that is defined as "Trusted PCs" by the user.

While there may always be questions over the security of "the cloud," Microsoft said that Windows Live ID passwords can make your password management much more convenient. For example, if you forget your local password you may be out of luck and will have to start from scratch (or use a password cracking tool). The cloud approach, however, allows a user to reset a password from another PC. If your password has been stolen, you can recover your account access via secondary authentication data, such as a mobile phone number. Also, Microsoft said, users will be able to sign in to their Windows, as the software caches the your last “known good” sign-in password.

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  • amdfangirl
    And what happens when hackers manage to hack this gold-mine of banking details, facebook logins, twitter accounts, yahoo accounts, gmail, youtube?

    Or something like Google docs with confidential information...

    The world's biggest phishing campaign?

    Cloud: Be careful who you trust with your data.

    Only a matter before the cloud crashes into reality.
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  • Anonymous
    Eh no thanks.
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  • Lutfij
    flash back to PSN hack and what sony had to do to recover it, dunno if they did. now i'll leave my passwords in your hands? noo thank you mr MS.

    a cloud is what it is, a lofty idea in peoples minds. all in all unreachable.
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  • Anonymous
    Eh no thanks.
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  • amdfangirl
    And what happens when hackers manage to hack this gold-mine of banking details, facebook logins, twitter accounts, yahoo accounts, gmail, youtube?

    Or something like Google docs with confidential information...

    The world's biggest phishing campaign?

    Cloud: Be careful who you trust with your data.

    Only a matter before the cloud crashes into reality.
    28
  • killabanks
    windows 8 is looking like another vista / ME more and more everyday... i tried the dev preview and man is the future bad ... how can you do this M$ come on.....
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