Bill Gates: The password is dead

Smart cards and 64-bit computing are the future of IT, according to the crystal ball gazing predictions of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

Speaking at Microsoft’s annual IT Forum in Copenhagen today, Microsoft’s head honcho pronounced the password officially dead and smart cards as the way forward - for the business world and Redmond alike.

Gates described identity management as a "significant source of IT complexity" and predicted that one of the largest security woes for modern computer users - phishing could be scuppered if systems were configured correctly.

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