Microsoft has announced that all users of Windows and other products can now remove all passwords from their Microsoft accounts and, instead, use a special mobile authentication application, or other solution.
The US company in March allowed only its business users to use password-free accounts, a system that will now be made more widely available to everyone. According to Microsoft, almost 100% of its employees already use the new safer system.
When the user is given the ability to login to his computer without a password, he will be asked to give his fingerprint, or some other security feature, in a mobile application (Microsoft Authenticator app), removing the passwords that malicious third parties can guess, or steal.
Windows users, according to the BBC, will continue to be able to quickly log in to their computer e.g. with a PIN code. In some exceptions (Office 2010, Xbox and Windows 8.1 consoles, or previous operating systems) will still need a password.
In case access to the identification application is lost —e.g. due to theft of the user’s mobile phone— there will be a “back-up” system; such as “Windows Hello” facial recognition, a physical security key, or the sending of verification codes via SMS, or email.
The user can download to his mobile the application “Microsoft Authenticator” from the address:
It must then activate —from the Microsoft account website— the password-free account feature via the address:
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