With the Windows 8 picture password feature, it seems that Microsoft is insistent on adopting newer ways through which users can secure their accounts as well as confidential data. Through the introduction of this technology, the company plans on doing away with complex letter and symbol combinations used for creating lock codes as well as the hassle of typing through a touch keyboard.
Aimed towards providing a faster and more fluid way of accessing devices, Windows 8 users will be able to log into their PCs or tablets through simple gesture swipes. Additionally, the picture password security option is designed to highlight particular areas of an image that appear important. So passwords can be set by drawing either a circle or a line and even tapping over desired places.
Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live Division commented, “Picture password is a new way to sign in to Windows 8 that is currently in the Developer Preview. Let’s go behind the scenes and see how secure this is and how it was built. One of the neat things about the availability of a touch screen is that it provides an opportunity to look at a new way to sign in to your PC. While many of us might prefer to remove the friction of getting to a PC by running without a password, for most of us, and in most situations this is not the case or is at least unwise.”
Setting up this feature is also stated to be simple. According to the official Building Windows 8 blog, users will be presented with a set of images from their gallery. And on selecting the desired one, they can apply gestures from one position of the picture to another. For straight lines, each point is defined by their coordinate (x,y) positions. And where circles are concerned, its radius and the direction drawn in are recorded.
The Windows 8 picture password feature should be available along with the OS at time of launch.