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Microsoft has already convinced 200 million of us to enable passwordless authentication so that we can access Outlook.com, Xbox Live, OneDrive and Skype. Now it allows those who wish to remove passwords completely.
On Wednesday, the company opened a new option to remove your password authentication. This means your only way of logging in will use a combination of security keys "e material , biometric data such as fingerprints and recognition "Windows Hello facial , codes sent via email and the Microsoft Authenticator app that runs on Android phones and iPhones.
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Tue For password authentication, go to account.microsoft.com and open the advanced security options. Then, go to Additional security options, then find Account without password. Return the option "Activate ". Microsoft says to install and configure the Microsoft Authenticator app first.
While practical, the deep issues are from " advanced giant past passwords for authentication . Biometrics like fingerprint and face identification have helped immensely, as has the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) standard now integrated into browsers and operating systems. The transition is important for anyone who wants to ward off hackers and identity thieves.
A big problem with passwords is that we reuse them, which means that a data breach can expose many accounts. But strong, unique passwords are difficult to create and remember. The "password managers help solve this problem, but the software can be complicated even for technical experts.
"If you decide that you prefer to use a password, you can always re-add it to your account. But I hope you will give it a try without a password - I don't think you'll want to go back, "Vasu Jakkal, marketing leader for Microsoft's Identity and Security Work, said in a statement. blog post.
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Microsoft's post-password changes are good for business too. 'There is less data that hackers can steal in the first place.
About 200 million Microsoft customers, both home and business, have switched to passwordless login, Microsoft said. represents approximately 150 million "people in 2020 .