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Windows 8 Will Save Passwords in the Cloud

By - Source: Microsoft | B 51 comments

A tireless Steven Sinofsky, the man in charge of Windows 8, keeps posting information about Windows 8 by the slice.

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 , December 16, 2011 10:10 PM
    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 , December 16, 2011 10:07 PM
    Eh no thanks.
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    Lutfij , December 16, 2011 10:16 PM
    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 , December 16, 2011 10:07 PM
    Eh no thanks.
  • 28 Hide
    amdfangirl , December 16, 2011 10:10 PM
    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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    killabanks , December 16, 2011 10:14 PM
    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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    Lutfij , December 16, 2011 10:16 PM
    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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    Yuka , December 16, 2011 10:17 PM
    Since I don't apply in the "dumb people who forget their passwords", I hope there's an opt-out for such a feature and keep it old style.

    Cheers!
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    southernshark , December 16, 2011 10:31 PM
    I like the option as long as its not required. I mean would I put my bank pw onthere? Nope. But what about my Tom's hardware pw????!?? Sure right.
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    southernshark , December 16, 2011 10:37 PM
    And for those of u worried about this...I mean let me ask you a question.... do you save your bank or stock trading PW on yr laptop or PC? Cause I sure as hell don't. I only save PWs for sites like Tom's where I would not lose sleep if they were hacked, nor would I imagine someone wanting to hack them.
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    dickcheney , December 16, 2011 10:46 PM
    southernsharkAnd for those of u worried about this...I mean let me ask you a question.... do you save your bank or stock trading PW on yr laptop or PC? Cause I sure as hell don't. I only save PWs for sites like Tom's where I would not lose sleep if they were hacked, nor would I imagine someone wanting to hack them.


    Ever tried Trucrypt?
  • 12 Hide
    stingstang , December 16, 2011 10:51 PM
    Sweet! Now if I ever lose my password, I can just hack on to their network and get it back!
  • 11 Hide
    Onus , December 16, 2011 11:13 PM
    Oh HELL no...
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    nukemaster , December 16, 2011 11:14 PM
    Who saves passwords for stuff :p 
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    JohnnyLucky , December 16, 2011 11:23 PM
    I do not let Windows or IE save user id's and passwords. However, I do store user a printed hard copy of id's and passwords in a locked filing cabinet. I am gowing old disgracefully and I forget stuff.
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    ta152h , December 16, 2011 11:45 PM
    What if it rains?

    Sooner or later it does, and I'm pretty sure I don't want the droplet with my information falling into someone's pond.
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    dgingeri , December 16, 2011 11:51 PM
    What a horrendously bad idea.
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    de5_Roy , December 17, 2011 12:12 AM
    what happens when the cloud fails like amazon or sony.
    if microsoft builds it, it'll have such bad privacy protection that even facebook will stay away from it.
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    daygall , December 17, 2011 12:38 AM
    never going beyond vista\7 then, ever, i dont care if Microsoft KILLS the os installs, im keeping them, might was well learn software engineering and go back to 98.

    cloud=bad
    microsoft=stupid
    microsoft+cloud= failx2stupidx3
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    Marco925 , December 17, 2011 1:25 AM
    O_O Passwords stored remotely...
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    KingArcher , December 17, 2011 1:59 AM
    Everything has started to shift towards cloud lately.
    We are like frogs put into a slowly boiling pot of water. Hope the majority of the masses realize this and wake up and say "NO" to "CLOUD - ONLY' services and make it OPTIONAL.

    We, the people are giving away our privacy and rights slowly for the sake of convenience.

    WAKE UP WORLD.
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    billcat479 , December 17, 2011 2:10 AM
    I think it's more about Microsuck being more in control over their software and your hardware. It's a guess but I think they are more concerned about people running hacked copies than your privacy. If they don't have a home setup and force this cloud issue win 7 will be on my computer a very very verrrrrry long time. I hate this cloud crap. It will be hacked, there is no way they can stop a smart determined hacker.
    Now I wish they would come out with a Win 7 patch for the new AMD 8 core cpus that win 8 shows (tested via beta versions) a 5 to 10% performance boost. That issue would be my only reason I would even come close to switching to win 8 but not if they force people to float around on Microsucks cloud. We all float here says Pennywise (or Billywise in this case) the clown before he rips your legs off and eats ya. Ouch. S. King should write about the evil Microsoft in his next book... LOL... With a Bill Gates looking monster that is under everyone's bed.. haha....
    And I WILL run a hacked copy if they can get around this hurdle. Heck, I got both with Win 7 and prefer the hacked one over the real one because I'm always changing hardware and they like to give you problems if you keep re-installing a legit one. Isn't that a kick... Nope, I'm not going to be floating in Microsucks clouds for any reason. All about piracy and they don't care if they tie up bandwidth across the web doing it.
    But I really want that extra performance for the new AMD cpu that win 8 opens up.
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    tomfreak , December 17, 2011 2:14 AM
    insured all my stuff and promise that if u lose my data, any losses I have can be claim from u, then only I will trust ur cloud thing.
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