Microsoft has announced that users will no longer be required to use passwords to secure their accounts. This does not leave your accounts vulnerable as some people might think as Microsoft says this is part of the next generation of account security.
In a post of its account management page, Microsoft said, “going passwordless was the next generation of account security”.
With passwords out of the way, Microsoft is offering users alternatives that include using the Microsoft Authenticator app, biometrics, physical security keys, SMS and email codes used as recovery mechanisms. This will be possible to implement in the coming weeks for personal account owners.
“Passwordless solutions such as Windows Hello, the Microsoft Authenticator app, SMS or Email codes, and physical security keys provide a more secure and convenient sign-in method,” Microsoft said. “While passwords can be guessed, stolen, or phished, only you can provide fingerprint authentication, or provide the right response on your mobile at the right time.”
To remove passwords from your accounts, follow these steps:
- Install the Microsoft Authenticator app and link it with your account.
- Go to microsoft.com to log in to your account.
- Go to Security > Advanced security options and scroll down to the Addition security section.
- Turn on the Passwordless account option, and follow the on-screen steps.
When turned on, you will be able to log in to services like Outlook, OneDrive, and Microsoft Family Safety, as well as the Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S without requiring a password.
If you lose access to the Authenticator app, you will still be able to access your account through alternative recovery methods like a text message or backup email address.
Microsoft revealed that certain apps or older devices like Outlook 2010 and the Xbox 360 will still require app passwords.
You can also turn password access back on by going to the Passwordless account section and selecting “Turn off”.