Windows 8 Photo Password Is Awesome

You know Windows 8 is destined to have some sweet password management, but turns out it's even better than we expected. Details have emerged that Microsoft is superceding the traditional words and numbers password to let you create passwords based on photos.

The login password mechanic will work like this. You pick a photo you're fond of that will double as your device's lock screen. You then create your own gestures over the photo to create a password.

For example, you could tap one person's nose, then circle another person's head, then draw a line from one hand to another. The password will recognise not only what you do, but where you do it, and will require all components to be repeated in order to work.

It's not completely replacing the alphanumeric password. If you fail the picture password five times you'll need to enter the written password to continue. Similarly, it won't be available for remote logins.

But it's still a great enhancement of security for computers in general, and showcasing yet another reason why Windows 8 is going to be awesome.

[Windows via ZDNet]


Comments

    Looks good on paper.. but man.. how annoying is that going to be for home users who couldn't care less about having a password at all.. hopefully passwords won't be forced and that having multiple hidden accounts won't affect the default login like it does with Win7.

      If you don't care about passwords, just click three times in the same spot. It's just as fast as clicking the user picture in old login systems.

      Really? This is a comment? Someone thought it was worth their time to make themselves look as stupid as this? Will wonders never cease?

    hmm, so what happens if someone else is looking at the screen when I'm performing the "gestures" to unlock it?

      what if someone's looking at your keyboard while you type your password?

        The concern with people looking at your screen when typing password is important when you're doing a presentation and your screen is displayed on projector screens. (which is the password show up as * instead of the word and numbers).

      The lines you draw will be replaced by little asterisks. Perfectly secure.

        love this comment, comment of the year IMO

          hahahah yup

    I would be more interested in how easy it will be to access someone elses computer with this as it uses a touchscreen, there would be lovely smudges in exactly the right spots and its only a matter of working out the order/direction. Thats how I...I mean I saw someone I know got into someone elses mobile phone...

      You're an idiot....

        According to maths, it'll still be harder than a numeric pin like the iPhones use.
        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/12/19/optimizing-picture-password-security.aspx
        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/12/16/signing-in-with-a-picture-password.aspx

    So long as they preserve netplwiz, I'll be happy :)

    Not sure if want :|

    Some good features, some terrible, some customary and some not. I still think it's another Vista in the making...

    http://minionsofsarcasm.com

    So did anyone immediately think of a more risque picture and gestures that could be used ...

      Looks like you're the only one...

      (crickets chirp... a tumbleweed plows past...)

    Can't wait to do this with porn.

      If gestures are allowed as a part of unlocking, then you could masterbate to the porn picture, and voila youre logged in and enjoying yourself at the same time!

    Do people really use passwords? I've never bothered. It annoys the hell outta me at work and I can't see them ever allowing anything buy alpha-numeric entries, lest we all do horrible things to a photo of our boss to log-on.

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