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Microsoft improves its web password management in IE11

Hopes to prevent users from choosing weak passwords
Tue Jun 24 2014, 13:26
Microsoft Internet Explorer

MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED an improved credential manager and password syncing feature for its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser.

In a move that brings its functionality into line with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, IE users will now have the option to sync passwords between Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop PCs and Windows Phone 8 devices via the Windows Credential Locker.

Internet Explorer senior progamme manageer Amy Adams told readers of the Microsoft Developer blog, "Not only is typing passwords on touch devices cumbersome, but people are creating weak passwords and using the same password for every site, making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Having a secure, reliable password manager is the best method for encouraging people to create strong, unique passwords for every site."

Internet Explorer now claims a 90 percent detection rate of password fields on websites, and offers the user the decision as to whether or not each set of login credentials should be saved.

Passwords can be set to pre-populate on recognised machines, meaning the user only needs to sign in once, and from then on just press enter to confirm their password.

Microsoft appears to be adopting a position which sees it becoming more humble than in previous years and giving customers what they want rather than what it wants them to want.

Just yesterday, it announced aggressive pricing for its Onedrive cloud service, while at the Build Conference in April it announced that it would bow to public pressure and return the Start Menu to future editions of Windows. µ


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