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Microsoft to ditch passwords?

          "Microsoft has revealed at a security panel at CeBIT that it is preparing to dump passwords in favor of two-factor authentication in forthcoming versions of Windows. "

Microsoft doesn't really have track record for integrating authentication properly into their products. The situation has improved over the last years, but there are way to many different passwords and authentication systems used. Every office application has a password-protect feature, databases are protected through built-in user management and smartcards or securIDs are not so easy to be deployed. Why can't I just assign ANY smartcard (certificate) with my windows account? I could reuse existing banking cards (even using only the serialnumber) instead of handing out additional ones.

So, this is good news.



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