Gates says drop passwords – we have things under control

Bill Gates kicked off the RSA Security Conference with an address to unveil Microsoft’s latest tool to fight internet security problems. Dubbed InfoCards, the web browsing thingamajig sounds like a cross between an Outlook vCard and an OS X keychain.

Along with disk encryption standards, these InfoCards are supposed to replace the passwords you enter into webforms, using encryption like SSL, but hopefully a little harder to get a hold of. The cards would reside virtually on the drive, and perform the exchange of personal information for you. Sounds great, if less than novel.

It is even better if you are “Government,” and already have a backdoor to all that encrypted data, which is exactly what one government is already lobbying Microsoft for.

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