Windows 8 Picture/Pin Password is easy to track
One of the unique features of Windows 8 is Picture Password and PIN sign-in authentication process. Microsoft has brought this new twist on Picture Password as an alternative to the long string of text characters containing alphabets, numbers and special characters. With this new feature, Microsoft allows users to avoid cumbersome and long-to-type in textual password by allowing users to sign-in to their PCs with touch, as claimed by Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live division of Microsoft.
How will Windows 8 Picture Password work?Â Â Â Â
To sign in with Windows 8-based computers, users have to select a picture to use as password, choose up to three different gesture combinations. For example, you can choose drawing line, a square and connect faces of people or drawing a circle on the car wheel present in the picture or connecting faces of a person with his/her beau by drawing an arrow. Thus, signing in with a picture password will be easier than a text based authentication process wherein it takes around 30 seconds and involves complexities of capitalization, alphabets, numbers, and special characters.
Is Windows 8 picture password safe? Â Â Â
Steven Sinofsky claims that gesture based passwords are statistically more secure than typed-in text passwords. However, certain level of vulnerability with Windows 8 picture password is recently discovered. A blog post published by Passcape Software Administrator suggested that Windows 8 Picture password and PIN must be used with caution. According to the post,
“If a [Windows 8] account is configured for authentication using Picture password or PIN, your original plain-text password is stored in the system, and any user with the administrator privileges can gain access to it.”
Moreover, gesture based Picture Passwords leave smudges on the touchscreen that is easy to track and trace one’s account following trails of fingerprints on the screen.