Microsoft has taken another step towards
making Windows 10 passwordless
been working on removing passwords from Windows 10 and Microsoft Accounts for a
number of months now. The next major update to Windows 10 aims to move them one
step further along their plan of a passwordless future where remembering
complex passwords, having a password manager, or struggling to avoid reusing
passwords is a thing of the past.
With the next update, you’ll be able to enable a
passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on a Windows 10 device. You’ll be
able to access the PC by gaining entry through Windows Hello face
authentication, fingerprints, or a PIN code.
If you opt for the new “make your device passwordless”
feature, the password option will simply disappear from the login screen.
Microsoft has progressively been trying to convince Windows
10 users to opt into the much more secure two-factor authentication processes
offered to them. Those authentication processes such as basic SMS, a separate
Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, or even physical security keys with
the FIDO2 standard are all usable with Windows 10. It’s also possible to sign
into a Windows 10 PC with just a phone number on a Microsoft Account.
If you opt to use a PIN code, Microsoft argues that even
though it seems simpler to use a four-digit code, it’s far more secure than a
password. This is thanks to unknown variables and the fact that the code is
stored on a device and not shared online. Windows 10 stores your private key on
a device that has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a secure chip that
keeps a PIN local to your device only. While a server can be compromised and
passwords and other data stolen, a Windows Hello PIN wouldn’t be affected.
The option to go passwordless also extends to business users through Azure Active Directory. Businesses can go fully passwordless with security keys, the authenticator app, or Windows Hello.
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