Microsoft is officially allowing consumers to completely eliminate passwords for their personal accounts.
The tech giant created a passwordless sign-in for users, which means they will no longer need to enter a password to gain access to a Microsoft account, said Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity. in a blog post on Wednesday.
Since March, the company has offered passwordless sign-in for commercial accounts, “bringing this feature to enterprise organizations around the world,” Jakkal said.
Now, any user will be able to use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code that will be sent over the phone or email to sign in to any Microsoft app or service.
According to Jakkal, it will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Jakkal said passwords are “the most important layer of security” to protect anything from user emails to bank accounts, shopping carts and even video games.
“Users are expected to create, remember, and change complex and unique passwords over and over again, but no one likes to do that,” Jakkal said. Otherwise, users are left with weak passwords. which become the “entry point for most attacks in enterprise and consumer accounts”.
Jakkal said there are about 579 password attacks every second, which is equivalent to 18 billion attacks every year.
To be passwordless, users must install Microsoft Authenticator App And link it to a personal Microsoft account. After this the users will have to log in Microsoft account And select “Advanced Security Options”. They need to hit “passwordless account” and select “turn on.”
Users have to follow the on-screen prompts, and then they have to approve the notification from the Authenticator app.
Users can always switch back to using a password, although Jakkal suggested that once someone tries to sign-in without a password, “I don’t think you’ll want to go back.”