Sep 15, 2021

Microsoft's passwordless plans lets users switch to app-based login

Microsoft has announced users can now delete all passwords from their accounts and instead login using an authenticator app or other solution. Security vice-president Vasu Jakkal wrote: "Passwords are incredibly inconvenient to create, remember, and manage across all the accounts in our lives."We are expected to create complex and unique passwords, remember them, and change them frequently - but nobody likes doing that. "Hackers don't break in, they log in," the blog post read.The new passwordless feature greets users with a box saying: "A passwordless account reduces the risk of phishing and password attacks. Once the feature is set up, a confirmation tells users: "You have increased the security of your account and improved your sign-in experience by removing your password". Microsoft's claims about poor password use were largely true, Prof Woodward said.

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