Microsoft allows people to ditch their passwords in favor of fingerprint, facial recognition, and authentication apps.
The tech company says the move will make users more secure, as passwords can be an easy target for people looking to hack accounts.
Customers will be able to abandon passwords starting today, although Microsoft states that “the feature will be rolled out over the next few weeks.”
For now, users must register – and people can continue to use passwords if they choose.
Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president for security, compliance and identity, wrote a blog on the movement.
She said, âWeak passwords are the entry point for the majority of attacks on business and consumer accounts.
âThere are 579 password attacks per second, or 18 billion every year. “
She goes on to say that traditional passwords tend to be vulnerable for reasons such as human nature.
Ms. Jakkal points out that people create passwords that are easy to remember, which can therefore be “easier for a hacker to guess.”
She adds that people seeking malicious access to accounts can use tools that try out many different combinations of passwords very quickly, or use tactics such as email scams to try to trick users into logging in. mistakenly abandon their contact details.
Password removal was tested for Microsoft business customers before being rolled out to the public.
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Joy Chik, vice president of identity at Microsoft, said in another blog post that the company’s identity product team is working to “end the era of passwords for organizations.” .
In a report, Microsoft said that at the end of 2020, the number of consumers using Windows Hello – the biometric sign-in feature – had increased from 69.4% to 84.7%.