No more passwords for Microsoft logins

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In a bold step, Microsoft has announced that it is getting rid of all password logins and that users will have to use an authenticator app or other solution instead. So no more passwords for Microsoft connections!

Vision

In 2019, Microsoft announced that 100 million people were already using Microsoft’s Passwordless Login (Ignite) every month, and in December 2020, Microsoft announced that 2020 had been “a banner year for passwordless technology. And presented his vision for a password-less future. This latest announcement therefore marks a major step towards the realization of its vision by the company.

The problem with passwords

Microsoft isn’t the only company that wants to escape the many negatives associated with password-based logins. Some
of the main challenges related to passwords are:

  • They are the target of attacks. For example, one in 250 business accounts is compromised every month and 579 password attacks every second (18 billion every year).
  • They are inconvenient and difficult to manage on multiple accounts. For example, users need to create complex and unique passwords, remember them, and change them frequently. In addition, 20 to 50 percent of all help desk calls are for password resets (Gartner).
  • They are open to human error. People often choose passwords that are too simple (and very easy to remember), which makes them more vulnerable to hacking. Also, password sharing (using the same password for multiple websites / platforms) increases the risk.

“The future without a password is here”

So Microsoft has announced that in line with its vision of a password-less future, with immediate effect (and time to roll out over the next several weeks), its users can completely remove the need to use a password for their Microsoft accounts. Microsoft says that instead of a password login, users can now choose to use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or verification code sent to the phone or e-mail. user’s email to connect to Microsoft applications and services, including Outlook. , OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and more. Microsoft says those with two-factor authentication will need to have access to two different recovery methods.

Like Microsoft’s internal password-less system

Microsoft says nearly 100 percent of its employees are already using the new, more secure system for their corporate accounts, and when passwordless sign-in is enabled, users signing back into a Microsoft account are prompted to give their fingerprints. , or other secure unlocking, on their mobile phone.

What does this mean for your business?

Businesses need to make sure their IT systems are secure and compliant. Additionally, businesses need to ensure that users, perhaps in different locations (remote or hybrid work), can access their accounts (convenience) and maintain corporate security at the same time. This bold move by Microsoft seems to tick those boxes and may be a way to help businesses stay a safe distance from cybercriminals who have already found plenty of ways to beat password-based systems.

Passwordless and biometric systems have been in the forefront for a few years as the way forward, and Microsoft has now taken the first big step in that direction.

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