User passwords will no longer be required for Microsoft accounts, Microsoft stated today. Users will be able to remove their passwords from their Microsoft accounts.
User accounts will be upgraded to include an alternate authentication method such as the following when it is rolled out in the coming weeks, according to Microsoft.
- security keys
- codes given by email or text message
- System for verifying your identity using Windows Hello biometrics
- app for mobile devices that uses Microsoft Authenticator
In March 2021, Microsoft allowed Azure enterprise users to forego passwords in favor of more secure alternatives in a test program.
Customers of Microsoft’s enterprise division had been clamoring for this capability for a long time.
It was previously requested by system administrators and security engineers that there be a mechanism to protect accounts against brute-force password guessing assaults, which have been commonplace since hackers spilled billions of user credentials on the public internet over the past decade.
Today, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for security, compliance, and identity management announced the decision in a blog post, noting that the company is presently seeing 579 password attacks every second, totaling 18 billion every year.
Because users have trouble remembering their passwords, Jakkal says they often reuse the same password across many accounts or choose basic, easily guessed passwords that are easy for hackers to guess.
As a result of a recent poll, Jakkal revealed that 15% of people use their pets’ names as password inspiration.
There were also responses about family names and crucial events such as birthdays that were given as answers. 1/10 individuals acknowledged to using the same password on many sites, and 40% claim they use a formula for their passwords, such as Fall2021, which becomes Winter2021 or Spring2022,” she said.
Since 2010, “123456” has been the most common public data breach password, according to several other similar studies conducted by different companies.