Windows 8 Passwords and Facial Recognition

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It has been less than a year since Microsoft released Windows 7 to the world, but rumors and apparent leaks of the next Microsoft operating system are already surfacing on the web. Speculation of any new features Windows 8 may have are starting to pick up pace.

Jon Honeyball on PCPRO.co.uk is hoping Microsoft brings facial recognition to Windows 8, doing away with the need of passwords for login authentication. Passwords can be a pain with the problems of making them more secure with regular changes, preventing the use of certain words, and ensuring passwords are not reused too soon.

Fingerprint readers or smart cards could be another solution to the passwords, but a more universal solution may be needed. As many devices now days come ready equipped with a webcam, the option of facial recognition could become more of a useful and secure solution to passwords.

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