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TechNow go passwordless in your Microsoft account

Now go passwordless in your Microsoft account

Published: 15th Sep 2021 7:36 pm

Hyderabad: As users who are digitally present everywhere, passwords have become part of our daily routine. However, it is a daunting task to remember passwords for different accounts. Understanding the problems of users, Microsoft has announced a passwordless future. The tech giant has been saying that the future is passwordless and in March this year, it announced a passwordless sign in available for commercial users.

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Now, the company is bringing the feature to enterprise organisations around the world, Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance and Identity at Microsoft said in a blog post. In the post she mentioned that “users can now completely remove the password from your Microsoft account. Use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code sent to your phone or email to sign in to your favourite apps and services, such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and more. This feature will be rolled out over the coming weeks.”

The V-P mentioned in the post that the problem with passwords is that they 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.

So, how does one go passwordless?

First, ensure you have the Microsoft Authenticator app installed and linked to your personal Microsoft account.

Next, visit your Microsoft account, sign in, and choose Advanced Security Options. Under Additional Security Options, you’ll see Passwordless Account. Select Turn on.

Finally, follow the on-screen prompts, and then approve the notification from your Authenticator app. Once you’ve approved, you’re free from your password!

If you decide you prefer using a password, you can always add it back to your account.

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