Microsoft’s Windows 8 will include a feature called Live ID that will enable a user to store any password and then sync it across all other trusted Windows 8 machines, according to a report on theverge.com. Since the Live ID is the only password the user will have to remember, other passwords can be set to long, complex, and unique values that would be otherwise difficult to remember.
This is similar to services such as 1Password and LastPass, where a master password is used to sync login information across devices. It’s likely a user would have to stick with a Microsoft product in order to use the new system.
Windows 8 may also offer an alternative to smart cards. The operating system will make is easier for private keys to be stored on a Trusted Platform Module, which is embedded in a device.
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