Microsoft is working on removing the concept of logging in with passwords

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was highly publicized and mocked for saying that “in two years spam will be solved” (in 2004). The statement was made to a select group of attendees at the World Economic Forum and Gates attempted to gain their trust with the statement.

It was reported that Microsoft had a bad reputation for the security and reliability of its products at the time. The company further claimed to save the user from the spam messages that we were receiving in droves, every day. Maybe Gates’ proclamations made him a laughing stock in the market, but it all finally came to a halt. It may have taken more than the committed years to upgrade the system, but the amount of spam reaching our mailbox has decreased over time.

The spam “problem” that was articulated by Gates in 2004 was a huge amount of email from different sources landing in our inboxes every day. These emails are indeed used to cover a massive space in our inboxes. This issue has now been taken care of by the company and is being resolved to some extent.

It should be noted that e-mail addresses at present experience very little spam, thanks to anti-spam technology, which is quite effective.

Like earlier, this time in Davos, Gates would announce that “in two years passwords will be solved.”

Password issue is another concern that has been affecting people for a long time now. Even some studies indicate that today an average person has to remember about 100 passwords for the different systems – several applications (which require a login), the websites we use every day, several email accounts and more.

Admittedly, it is impossible to remember as many passwords as a normal human. And sometimes many users prefer to use the same people on multiple sites, which effectively makes it less secure. There are steps for organizations to take but this certainly does not solve the biggest problem – the existence of the password.

To solve this problem, the Fido (Fast Identity Online) alliance has entered, which aims to “help reduce the world’s overreliance on passwords”. Since 2013, Fido has been working to develop authentication protocols, making the login process easier and more secure.

Fido’s highly acclaimed developments aimed to set the standard for allowing users to register and log into the operating system, websites and apps without requiring a password.

But how?

Today, our smartphones have become a key for our authentication by unlocking the handset using a PIN code or biometric login. Certainly, this will be enough to authenticate you. No password is required.

This year, on May 5, World Password Day, Apple, Microsoft and Google announced plans to implement Fido Compliance, which is a passwordless login process. The plan is to apply the concept to all of their smart devices – mobiles, desktops, laptops and other browser platforms. It is claimed that the new update will be used by May 2023 (next year).

Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the tech giants of the world that control the majority of operating systems and browsers we use every day.


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