In the upcoming weeks, Microsoft is going to introduce a new feature through which the users will be able to completely remove the password from their account, and instead opt to log in using the Microsoft Authenticator app, or other methods like Windows Hello, a security key or even a verification code sent to your phone.
Explaining the reason behind the introduction of the new feature, Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity said in a blog post that Microsoft is fed up with passwords because of multiple reasons as the passwords are difficult to remember and easy to crack. Adding further Vasu Jakkal says, “Weak passwords are the entry point for the majority of attacks across enterprise and consumer accounts. There are a whopping 579 password attacks every second—that’s 18 billion every year.”
Microsoft said in a statement, “Passwords are one of the most annoying and least secure things in our lives. A new YouGov survey commissioned by Microsoft found that 30 percent of people stopped using an account or service because they couldn’t remember their password, and they would rather abandon the account than deal with a password reset.”
How to use the Microsoft Authenticator app by going passwordless:
- You will first need to install the Microsoft Authenticator app.
- Visit your Microsoft account.
- Sign in to your account.
- Select the Advanced Security Options.
- choose the option of Passwordless Account, under Advanced Security Options.
- Select ‘Turn on’ and you’re ready to go.
- Approve the notification from your Authenticator app.
- And here you’re password-free.
If anyone wants to add the password again can do so by visiting the setting section.