In this age of technology everything is becoming password dependent. One has to remember many types of passwords now. Necessary services have to be used in time. Passwords are now required in all cases like e-mail, banking, shopping, food order etc.
The number of people who get into trouble for forgetting their password is not less. They may ask – is there any safe and secure system without password? So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange.
According to a report in India’s technology news outlet Gazette Now, Microsoft has embarked on a path to a password-free system. The US technology company has announced that users will be able to access Microsoft accounts without a password.
How to take action without password
You must have a Microsoft account to access passwordless services. You need to remove the password from that account and download the Microsoft Authenticator app. The app can be downloaded from Play Store and App Store. To get the passwordless service, you will need the latest updates on all software on your device, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft’s instructions to enter the passwordless system
1. Download the Microsoft Authenticator app.
2. Open the app and follow the necessary instructions to launch your account.
3. Sign in to your Microsoft account.
4. Below you will find an option called Powered Free Account.
5. Follow the next instructions to verify your account.
. The last step is to approve the request sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app.
If you do not like the password less system, users will be able to go back to the previous state. That’s why you need to login to Microsoft account and go to ‘Additional Security’ option. There you have to go to the password less account option and turn off the service.
Older versions of Microsoft Windows will not accept services without passwords. However, this service has not yet been launched for everyone. In a few months it could be launched for everyone.
Nobody likes passwords. They’re inconvenient. They’re a prime target for attacks. Yet for years they’ve been the most important layer of security for everything in our digital lives—from email to bank accounts, shopping carts to video games.
We are expected to create complex and unique passwords, remember them, and change them frequently, but nobody likes doing that either. In a recent Microsoft Twitter poll, one in five people reported they would rather accidentally “reply all”—which can be monumentally embarrassing—than reset a password.
But what alternative do we have?
For the past couple of years, we’ve been saying that the future is password less, and today I am excited to announce the next step in that vision. In March 2021, we announced that password less sign in was generally available for commercial users, bringing the feature to enterprise organizations around the world.
Beginning today, you 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 favorite apps and services, such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and more.
The problem with passwords
My friend, Bret Arsenault, our Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) here at Microsoft likes to say, “Hackers don’t break in, they log in.” That has stuck with me ever since I first heard him say it because it’s so true.
Weak passwords 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.
Why are passwords so vulnerable? There are two big reasons.
Except for auto-generated passwords that are nearly impossible to remember, we largely create our own passwords. But, given the vulnerability of passwords, requirements for them have gotten increasingly complex in recent years. Numbers, case sensitivity, and disallowing previous passwords. Updates are often required on a regular basis, yet to create passwords that are both secure enough and memorable enough is a challenge. Passwords are incredibly inconvenient to create, remember, and manage across all the accounts in our lives
To solve these problems and create passwords we can remember, we try and make things easier for ourselves. We often rely on known and personal words and phrases. One of our recent surveys found that 15 percent of people use their pets’ names for password inspiration. Other common answers included family names and important dates like birthdays. We also found 1 in 10 people admitted reusing passwords across sites, and 40 percent say they’ve used a formula for their passwords, like Fall2021, which eventually becomes Winter2021 or Spring2022.
Unfortunately, while such passwords may be easier to remember, they are also easier for a hacker to guess. A quick look at someone’s social media can give any hacker a head start on logging into their personal accounts.
Hackers also have a lot of tools and techniques. They can use automated password spraying to try many possibilities quickly. They can use phishing to trick you into putting your credentials into a fake website.