Microsoft Is Allowing Users To Log Into Accounts Without The Use Of Passwords

Microsoft reveals that users will no longer require passwords to log into their relevant accounts, with other options becoming widely available today.

The ability to bypass passwords as a whole seems quite an alien thought. However, it's becoming a common practice with nearly each passing day. Online sites such as Facebook and Twitter, known for their use of passwords, let users in with the simple click of icons on familiar devices. Email platforms such as Gmail, arguably the original source of online passwords, allow users to log in via a intricate series of SMS confirmations. Even devices such as iPhones no longer require passwords, with facial recognition technology taking precedence in such cases.

So, yes, passwords may slowly be going out of fashion. Perhaps it's all due to the inconvenience of memorizing all the different passwords for all different platforms. And passwords have by no means disappeared. In many of the examples mentioned above, a password is still necessitated for logging into a fresh, new device. Even Microsoft accounts haven't completely removed the ability to log in with passwords. However, at the start of this year, the company did roll out a few new methods of logging in for its enterprise users. Now, the feature's available across the board.

One of the more popular forms of bypassing passwords is the Microsoft Authenticator app. Once it is downloaded and linked to the account in question, it's password can entirely be deactivated. The process can be enacted out via Microsoft's account settings, and that's about it! Other than this, two factor forms of authentication such as SMS and email codes exist as well. Their implementation, as a matter of fact, is probably the other best explanation of why passwords are going out for style.

Simply put, passwords are an unreliable form of protection in today's world. With hackers running rampant across the world, and brute force techniques being available to any 12 year old with internet access and mischief on their mind, a single line of information hardly seems like the best line of defense. It's also why Microsoft has plans on removing passwords entirely from the accounts of its enterprise userbase.

Physical security keys and two step authentication are, ultimately, safer and far easier to deal with. Passwords are becoming a relic of the past.

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