Now's the time to stop using passwords - Bill Gates

பாஸ்வேர்ட் யூஸ் பண்றதை விட்டொழிங்கங்கிறார் பில்கேட்ஸ். சொல்றவங்க சொன்னா கேட்டுக்க வேண்டியது தான். ஆனால் இதனால் மக்கள் அடையப் போகும் பயன்கள் ஒரு பக்கம் இருந்தாலும் விலை????

For years, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has said that passwords are the weak link in the computer security chain. For years also he has called on computer users to move away from passwords to smart cards or other authentication methods.

Gates did it again on Tuesday as he kicked off this year's RSA Conference in San Francisco. "Passwords are not only weak, passwords have the huge problem that if you get more and more of them, the worse it is," Gates said.

The time is now really right to do away with passwords, according to Gates.

In Vista, Microsoft introduced Windows CardSpace for consumers to use instead of passwords. CardSpace is an application that is meant to represent an individual's wallet with different cards to use for identification in online transactions.

For businesses Microsoft plans to release Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 in May and has other products as well. "We think this is the milestone where enterprises should start the migration from passwords to smart cards," Gates said.


As he retires from his full-time job at Microsoft, Chairman Bill Gates is also retiring from his speaking stint at the start of the RSA Conference, an annual security industry confab.

Gates is handing the stick to Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, who will take overall responsibility for security at the software maker.

"I want to thank Bill for his leadership in this as he goes off next year for full time with the foundation," Mundie said at the end of a joint keynote speech with Gates here on Tuesday. "I will be back for sure next year at this conference because I intend to continue to be the patron of security and trustworthy computing at Microsoft."

Gates first delivered the opening keynote speech at the RSA Conference in 2004, and his appearance has become an annual affair. The speeches became a public display of Microsoft's focus on security since Gates' "Trustworthy Computing" memo in 2002.