As much as we try, it is difficult to have a secure password that we remember. And security is still the number one problem on the internet today. Microsoft has been looking for a long time to turn the tables on this situation and they want to start with their own accounts.
Microsoft wants to do away with passwords
The Redmond giant has begun its journey to a world without passwords by announcing that people will be able to remove passwords from their Microsoft account. To protect accounts without password, people will be able to use the app Microsoft Authenticator, Windows Hello, a security key, or two-factor authentication. The option will be implemented in the coming weeks.
Passwordless authentication began rolling out for business users in March. Microsoft states that 200 million business customers already use the passwordless option. Many of Microsoft’s own employees also don’t have a password. “We have been implementing this at Microsoft and almost 100 percent of Microsoft now has no password”said Vasu Jakkai, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Security, Compliance, Identity and Management, in a post from the Blog.
“We are expected to create complex and unique passwords, remember and change them frequently, but nobody likes to do that either. For the past few years, we’ve been saying that the future has no passwords, and today I’m excited to announce the next step in that vision. “Jakkai said.
To remove a password from your Microsoft account, you must visit Advanced security options for your Microsoft account. You can then select Account without password. The prompts will guide you through the process of removing your password.
The reality is that Microsoft offers an outstanding password manager included in Microsoft Edge and that syncs with our smartphone with Authenticator. But this could be the next big step for security.