With Windows 8, I’m still trying to decide how I want to manage my passwords

Like many people, I have a lot of accounts with various websites and digital services. For years, I kept a database of all of my passwords so I could keep track of all of my accounts and easily remember passwords. Eventually, I wizened up and switched to a more secure multi-platform service like LastPass. While I’m not a fan of the plug-in model, it made managing things much easier and it allowed me to give each and every account a unique and completely random password. The downside to such a service, however, is that it requires a browser which supports plug-ins.

Microsoft specifically avoided support for plug-ins in the “Metro” version of Windows 8’s Internet Explorer 10. The desktop browser still supports plug-ins, but this requires the ability to install desktop applications – something that Windows RT doesn’t support either. So this leaves me with a problem: I like the security and convenience of LastPass, but my future Windows RT tablet will only support the newly-released LastPass app, not the desktop application. The app is all well and good, but to really get the most out of it, you have to use it as your primary web browser – something that I’m not willing to do.

I could use Windows 8’s new Credential Manager, but I’m not sure if I want to switch over to it completely. Although it does have the added benefit of automatically being synced across Windows 8 devices and – hopefully – Windows Phone 8 as well. For now, I’m using a hybrid solution of sorts, where I store frequent websites in the Credential Manager and use LastPass as the main password repository. How do you manage your passwords?

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

8 thoughts on “With Windows 8, I’m still trying to decide how I want to manage my passwords

    • October 2, 2012 at 7:52 am
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      If you do check it out – check out the auto type feature – basically you can make custom hotkeys for autotyping credentials

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  • October 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm
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    I use Norton Identity Safe for my passwords. If they even have it you would need to use the app as your browser. I also have a problem using it as my standard browser on my iOS and Android devices. I love the plugins for my desktop though.

    This type of service is a must have in my case. I may have to look at the other options out there.

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  • October 10, 2012 at 3:00 am
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    I seriously need to start using a manager. I use still the memorizing of passwords. It is only as long as I can remember, but it is still ok for now.

    Hopefully it wont bite me in the ass later.

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  • November 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm
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    I am at exactly the same decision point. Conceptually the Microsoft route appears credible as long as you stay within the MS ecosystem which is not a problem for me. The one missing capability seems to be a capability to suggest and enforce strong passwords.

    I do have one problem between my Win8 and Surface (WinRT) – the Web Credentials are not kept in sync between the two machines which have both been set up as trusted pc’s with password syncing activated on both. Not sure what to make of this. Does anyone have any ideas?

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    • November 26, 2012 at 12:40 am
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      Hmm, that’s strange. It should be syncing properly if they’re both Trusted PCs and the password sync option has been enabled on both devices. Have you tried posting over on the Microsoft Community forums?

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  • July 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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    in windows creditionals how to change windows live id information

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  • July 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm
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    how to change the email address that store app stores in that creditionals. because evertime i want to sigin to that app it already shows me the saved email address. Infact it does not allow me to change the email address it shows the saved email address and tell me to enter password only.Please can you help me to change the email information stored in store app.

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