I’ll try and keep this brief, but I find myself quite bemused with Microsoft’s idea of security.
When Windows 8 launched one of the first things I remember was being asked to link my Microsoft account, fair enough I thought it makes sense if I’m likely to buy anything off the store.
Like quite a few out there I suspect, I use a password manager with a fairly strong master password to then manage a collection of unique 20+ character secure generated passwords, it makes sense and especially important for websites which store my payment account information.
So after linking my account the next time I come to log in I find my usual login password is out the window and I *have* to use my ms account password. Wait what?
For me this is out of the question, I really cant remember a 20+ char long password with both cases numbers and symbols. I don’t need an uber secure password on my laptop but I normally have something that would take most hackers a fair while to crack. So I reverted back to my old login. At the time it seems you could still use the store without one it just wouldn’t sync your settings. That’s fine by me as I don’t have multiple Windows 8 computers or mobile devices.
Enter Windows 8.1 which I recently upgraded to.
I hear in the last few days from friends on twitter that Flipboard have released a Windows 8.x app and having recently switched back using Flipboard again I wanted to give it a try, one of the few metro apps which makes sense in that format.
But when I go to install I’m now told I have to link to a Microsoft account, no option to opt out. So in order to try the app I find myself linked up with my MS account again back with the original problem.
A little look around the settings reveals I can set an access pin for local login…. of 4 digits…
So to recap the options presented to me by Microsoft are
- Get my phone out to access my secure password and spend ages typing it in
- Use a weak password for my MS account putting my account at risk
- Keep the secure password or use a weak 4 digit pin for my laptop which anyone would watch over my shoulder and capture.