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Trying to remember all your different passwords for all your different accounts can be a right pain sometimes, but not for much longer as Microsoft has decided to make everyone’s lives a little easier as it waves goodbye to passwords.

The company announced last Wednesday that they are planning on realising a passwordless account option for those who want it. 

Passwordless account?

Having a passwordless account does not mean your account is unprotected or unsecured at all. 

Microsoft has come up with alternative ways of logging in keeping your account completely secure but without the need to remember a password.

You will be able to log in via one of two ways:

  1. Using the companies authenticator app witch produces a unique numbered log-in code every few seconds. 

Or 

  1. Using windows hello software that allows users to log in using facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, or a unique pin.
Facial Recognition Example
Facial Recognition Example

Why the change?

In the past year, Microsoft has seen a large spike in cyberattacks.

Sadly due to the pandemic leaving all their staff working from home, it has left the company more vulnerable to hackers as they have managed to find more avenues to infiltrate their systems. 

Passwords have always been a popular thing that cybercriminals tend to go for when hacking a company as they can go and sell them on the dark web.  

It’s with that knowledge that many companies including Microsoft are now scrapping passwords and switching to alternative security options. 

Cyber Criminal Recreation
Cyber Criminal Recreation

What will be affected by this change?

This change will be affecting any platform owned or linked to Microsoft including, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Onedrive, and many others. 

An official switch over date has not been realised yet, however, we can expect it to be rather soon. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this please give us a call today on 0808 123 2820.