RSA SecurID Inventor Kenneth Weiss Calls Windows 8 Picture Password “Cute,” But Not “Serious”

Posted Dec 23, 2011

The Microsoft Windows 8 operating system will have a feature built in called picture password. The picture password feature lets you make touch-screen gestures on a photo in the login screen. RSA SecurID Kenneth Weiss does not take Microsoft’s idea very seriously. “I think it’s cute, I don’t think it’s serious security. It’s more like a Fisher-Price toy than a serious choice for secure computer access.” Weiss said that people can easily record someone’s motion from afar. I agree with Weiss in the sense that making photo passwords a security feature does not make sense. People are used to passwords and they have gotten used to it. Why change now? [NetworkWorld]