Microsoft announced that all users can now log into their accounts “without a password”, using other methods such as fingerprints.
The move by Washington-based Redmond follows the initial rollout of the feature to Microsoft’s commercial customers in March of this year.
According to the company, almost all employees are already taking advantage of the passwordless login features.
They argued that the problem with passwords was that they could be guessed or stolen—and when detailed enough to be secure, they were generally difficult to remember.
In contrast, they said, only appropriate users could provide their fingerprint or reply using the authentication app on their phone.
However, it is not clear how secure a person’s account will be if the phone containing the authenticator app is hacked.
However, Lack of Password won’t work with some older devices and platforms – including Xbox 360 consoles, Office 2010, and Windows 8.1.
Microsoft Vice President of Security, Compliance, and Identity, Vasu Jakal, wrote in Charter Blog: “No one likes passwords. They are inconvenient, and a prime target for attacks. For years, however, they have been the most important layer of security for everything in our digital lives – from email to bank accounts, shopping carts and video games. We are expected to create complex passwords It’s unique, memorable, and changes frequently, but no one likes to do it either. For the past two years, we’ve said the future is without a password, and today I’m excited to announce the next step in that vision.”
“Starting today, you can now completely remove your password from your Microsoft account. Use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code sent to your phone or email to sign in to your favorite apps and services, like Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft,” Jackall continued. OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and more.”
“This feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks,” he concluded.
According to Microsoft, users who enable the “do not use password” feature and then lose access to their authentication app can resort to a number of backup login options.
This includes facial recognition (if available), a physical security key, or the use of SMS or email codes.
And more companies will be moving toward this, as Apple added features in iOS 15 to prepare for similar moves toward more secure logins and to forgo the use of passwords.
Source: Daily Mail