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Sep 13 2009   10:37PM GMT

Managing Passwords with Credential Manager

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

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

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  • Yans00
    Assuming you are running Windows 7, if you [A href=""]forgot windows 7 password[/A], you can have a few options.. 1) boot into safe mode and see if the hidden administrator account has a password set or not (alot of people forget to set it). once you get in you can create yourself a new user. 2) An ERD disk would work if you have one. 3) If you have an install disk you can also do a repair install which will ask you for a new admin password but won’t delete the other programs on the machine.
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