How to sign-in to your Windows Live ID without passwords

WLive ID The post title might have left many of you wondering, is it some kind of hack or what ? No its not, now there’s a new way to sign-in to your Windows Live ID using Information Card. Windows Live ID has added Beta support for Information Cards with Windows CardSpace. It’s a new way to sign in more securely and conveniently into websites. Now you don’t need passwords to sign-in, thus reducing the risk of phishing attacks and keyloggers. You just have to send your Information Card to Live ID to identify you and get signed into Hotmail, Windows Live Spaces or any other site that accepts Windows Live ID.

If you are using Windows Vista, you are ready to use CardSpace. If you want to use it in Windows XP or Windows 2003, then you’ll need IE7.0 and .NET3.0 else you will see these errors:

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or this error on Windows XP if you are not having NTFS file system.

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Now let us see how to add an Information Card to your Live ID account step by step:

Just follow this link to get started.

As said earlier this reduces phishing attacks by using certificates to verify the identity of websites and which you can see this here as address bar in IE7 turns green.

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Sign in with your password. After that, it’ll again ask for password to verify it to add Information Card to your account. So again type your password.

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Now Windows CardSpace will open and you can review the site information as its Owned and operated by Microsoft and verified by VeriSign.

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Click on “Choose a card to send” which will open up this

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Now click on “Add a card” and Send to get the type of card as per its use as Personal card or Managed card with its description as shown

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I have chosen Personal card as Windows Live ID currently supports it. You have to enter whatever details you want to provide and a photograph to associate with it, if you want to. You can preview the card before sending it and it also shows Recent card History to know where it has been used.

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And after sending it you’ll get this informing us that you have successfully updated Information card for your account.

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Click on finish to complete the sign in process.

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Now you have associated an Information card to your account. Now close the browser and let us try to use this. So let us check our Windows Live Hotmail which requires a Windows Live ID.

So when you go to its login page you will have an option to sign in with password or Information Card.

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Choose Information card and sign in.

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You’ll get a Windows CardSpace window to choose the card,

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you select the card which you had created earlier and there you are Successfully logged in checking your mail. So in this way you do not have to enter password to sign-in to your Windows Live ID.

There’s a Windows Live ID Web Authentication SDK for Developers also, which allows sites which wants to integrate with the Windows Live services and platform.

Actually I had written this post earlier at the time when it was announced by the Windows Live ID team blog.

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20 Responses to How to sign-in to your Windows Live ID without passwords

  1. Seika says:

    Been using login with card for some time too.
    There is another case where the Card Space error will pops out. It occurs to me when my computer is still loading background applications when starting up (thus, quite busy to start up another process) then the part in IE seems to give up waiting after some. But second try it usually works.
     
    Now, to wait for them to make this available with USB keys, because I don\’t feel comfortable copying my information card to my work computer or any public terminal. 😀
    Hope it came before Windows 7

  2. Vasudev says:

    Its nice that you are making use of Information card.

  3. Seika says:

    I\’m just lazy typing the password 😀
     
    But, I guess the charm of Card Space, and other personal certificate system is if there are many places that uses it. Same as Live ID (and the OpenID), there doesn\’t seems like many developers are adopting those identification provider model, or Live ID just doesn\’t keep a tab on what site using it. Too bad though, because the list could promote the users to peoples already having Live ID.
     
    I read that, using these identity card, accidentally spilling your card to a phishing site doesn\’t automatically gave your password to all your other sites because what\’s sent to different server is given different codes. But, if the person sits in our computer, it\’s like leaving car with the key plugged in.

  4. Maple says:

    Thank you for posting this. I think not many people using the Card Space, but it is great.
    Maple

  5. Vasudev says:

    Thanks Maple for the comments. Yes, many not using this as they may not be aware of it.

  6. Unknown says:

    I refuse to use the crap that is IE7…and this laptop would be hard pressed to run Vista.  So thanks, but no thanks.

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