Microsoft is rolling out passwordless sign-in support over the coming weeks, allowing customers to sign in to Microsoft accounts without using a password.
The company first allowed business customers to deploy passwordless authentication in their environments in March after a landmark year in 2020 when Microsoft reported that more than 150 million users were signing into their Azure Active Directory accounts. and Microsoft without using a password.
Deployment to all Microsoft accounts
Starting today, Redmond announced that users are no longer required to have a password on their accounts.
Instead, they can choose between the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or phone / email verification codes to sign in to Microsoft Edge or Microsoft 365 apps and services.
“You can now remove your Microsoft account password and sign in using passwordless methods such as Windows Hello, the Microsoft Authenticator mobile app, or a verification code sent to your phone or e- mail, ”said Liat Ben-Zur, vice president of Microsoft.
“This feature will help protect your Microsoft account against identity attacks such as phishing while providing even easier access to the best apps and services such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, OneDrive, Family Safety, Microsoft Edge and Moreover.”
As Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for security, compliance and identity, added, threat actors use weak passwords as the initial attack vector in most attacks on corporate and consumer accounts. Microsoft detects 579 password attacks every second, with a total of 18 billion incidents each year.
“One of our recent surveys found that 15% of people use their pets’ names for passwords. Other common responses include last names and important dates like birthdays.” , said Jakkal.
“We also found that one in ten people admitted to reusing passwords across multiple sites, and 40% said they used a formula for their passwords, like Fall2021, which will eventually become Winter2021 or Spring2022.”
How to switch without password now
To start signing in to your Microsoft account without a password, you must first install the Microsoft Authenticator app and link it to your personal Microsoft account.
Next, you need to go to your Microsoft account page, sign in and enable the “Account without password” under Advanced security options> Additional security options.
The final steps require you to follow the onscreen prompts and approve the notification displayed by the Authenticator app.
More information about using a passwordless method to sign in to your account is available on the Microsoft support website.
“Passwordless solutions like Windows Hello, the Microsoft Authenticator app, SMS or email codes, and physical security keys provide a more secure and convenient way to sign in,” Microsoft explains.
“Although passwords can be guessed, stolen or phished, only you can provide fingerprint authentication or provide the right answer on your mobile at the right time. “
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