Microsoft removes password requirement, allows you to login without password

For several years, Microsoft has been working to remove the use of passwords on its services. The company believes that two-factor and biometric login methods are more secure than a “secure password that is often forgotten”.

Now the dream has finally come true, and people with a Microsoft account can now choose to remove the password as a login option for their email and other Microsoft 365 services.

Now you can remove the password from your Microsoft account and log in using passwordless methods such as Windows Hello, the Microsoft Authenticator app or a verification code sent to your mobile phone or email, writes Microsoft’s Liat Ben-Zur in a post on Windows Experience Blog.

Microsoft services that support this include Microsoft Teams, Outlook, OneDrive, Family Safety and Microsoft Edge.

Pros and Cons

There are both positive and negative sides to Microsoft’s news. Basically, we are positive about getting rid of passwords. Without a password, no one can be deceived by it, in connection with, for example, phishing.¬†Another advantage is that it puts an end to brute force attacks, where attackers try different passwords until they get in. It does not work when passwords are gone.

Some potentially negative aspects of a passwordless everyday life include that the user only needs to confirm login by pressing OK in an app.

But the question is about when everything becomes “fully automatic”. When you receive a message on your phone to log in to an online store or e-mail, you automatically press OK, as it becomes a habit.

And that’s one thing security experts are a little worried about. Scammers adapt to find new ways to deceive their victims, and can find ways to send such alerts to their victims.

It can be easier and more secure without a password, but potentially also easier and less secure, some experts believe.

This is how you get started

If you want to remove the password from your Microsoft account and instead use Windows Hello, fingerprint sensor or face recognition, the Microsoft Authenticator app or a security code, you can read below how to get started.

First, be sure to install Microsoft Authenticator (Android / iOS) and set up the app with your personal Microsoft account.

In the video at the top of the case, you can see how to link other services, such as Facebook and Snapchat, to a two-factor app.

Once you have installed and set up the app, you can open this link to go to your Microsoft account.

Then tap Security at the top of the page and then tap Advanced Security Options.

Then you will come to a website with login and confirmation. Here you can see, among other things, that Microsoft Authenticator is set up. Scroll down to Extra Security, where you will find Account without Password.

Tap Turn on to disable passwords from your account.

Once you have done so, you will receive a notification in the Authenticator app about approving password deactivation. If you want it, you confirm in the app.

Then you can log in to your Microsoft account without using a password, but instead mentioned the Authenticator app, Windows Hello or a security code that can be sent by SMS or e-mail.

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