RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 4, 2021
Microsoft is leading the way for a passwordless future. You no longer are required passwords to login to your Microsoft account as you can now use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key or a verification code sent via SMS or email. Let’s explore how to setup this feature.
The company has been preparing for a passwordless future for quite some time and its reason behind is the fact that passwords can be easily manipulated.
Vasu Jakkal, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Security, Compliance and Identity, said “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,” Jakkal added.
This is for devices using Microsoft Account. Screenshots are from iPhone XR.
First, install the Microsoft Authenticator app and link it to your Microsoft account. There are several authenticator apps, ensure you install the correct one from Microsoft. Refer to below image:
Next, open your Microsoft account. See below image:
Now, scroll down to Advanced security section and toggle on Passwordless account. See following image:
Then follow the on-screen prompts and approve the notification from the Authenticator app.
Your Microsoft account is now passwordless. You can always go back to using a password for your account.
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