Passwords are rapidly becoming an antiquated method for logging into accounts. With this in mind, Microsoft has added the option to remove the password for your Microsoft account, which can make logging in quicker and, possibly, even more secure.
Why Is Microsoft Dropping Passwords?
As mentioned, we’re moving towards a passwordless future, and Microsoft is embracing that by letting you access your account through the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, SMS verification, or email verification code.
Microsoft enabled business accounts to ditch their passwords months ago, so this has been a change the company has had in mind for a while. Now, all end users can get rid of them and lock their accounts down without worrying about their passwords being stolen.
In an interview with The Verge, Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president of Microsoft security, compliance & identity, said, “When you have digital transformation and businesses having to go remote overnight. The number of attack surfaces has increased exponentially, so that was a big driving factor for us in accelerating a lot of our security initiatives.”
As far as how much Microsoft is embracing the passwordless future, Jakkal said, “We have been rolling this out at Microsoft and nearly 100 percent of Microsoft is now passwordless.”
How to Remove Your Microsoft Password
If you want to get rid of your Microsoft password, the process is simple. You simply need to go to your Microsoft account, click “advanced security options,” then “enable passwordless accounts” under the Additional security section. It’s that simple.