Posted by: Tony Bradley
Credential Manager, credentials, password, single sign-on, SSO, username, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Passwords. Users have a lot of them. Surveys have said that the average user has to maintain between 6 and 8 sets of username/password credentials. I think that seems quite low.
I have my Windows password. I have passwords for 2 different banks. I have passwords for various creditors and utilities (car loan, electricity, water, gas, mobile phone, cable/Internet, home phone, my son’s orthodontist, automobile insurance, dental insurance, web host). I have passwords for the various sites and blogs that I write on. I have passwords for Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Technorati, Fark, etc..
That’s a lot of passwords to maintain and remember. What you need is a way to log in once and have that single password unlock all of the rest automatically- single sign-on (SSO).
Enterprises have various appliances and applications they can employ to deliver SSO for users. Individual users have the tools available as well though with the Credential Manager feature. I wrote the following description of Credential Manager in an article:
“As you access resources for the first time, you will be prompted to enter valid credentials. Those credentials can then be securely stored in Windows and managed with the Credential Manager. Once the credentials are stored, Windows will automatically retrieve the relevant usernames and password data for subsequent access attempts.”
You can read the rest of the article and get more details about managing passwords and SSO here: How to Use Kerberos and Credential Manager for Windows Single Sign-On