Microsoft is making Windows 10 passwordless

Microsoft plans to run a Windows 10 PC without a password. The company is trying to get rid of passwords in Windows 10 and Microsoft Accounts for several months, but next major update to Windows 10 will be one step further. You will soon be able to use a password-less login for your Microsoft account on your Windows 10 device. In other words, the PC uses Windows Hello authentication, fingerprint or PIN code. If you select this new "Device without a password" feature, the password option disappears from the login screen.

Why does Microsoft want people to stop using passwords when they log in to their Windows 10 PCs? The password is really simple. People want to be able to reuse on all websites and personal devices, and they can use a two-factor authentication method, but it's still difficult to convince people how to use it.

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Microsoft is much safer than passwords, even though PIN codes are simpler to use 4-digit codes. This occurs because unknown variables and code are stored on the device and are not shared online. Windows 10 stores the private key on a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a security chip that keeps the PIN locally on the device only. The server may be compromised or the password may be stolen, but the Windows Hello PIN is not affected.

Microsoft has been working diligently on Windows 10 users to choose a two-factor authentication process, such as basic SMS and a separate Microsoft Authenticator application. Windows Hello, or the physical security key of the FIDO2 standard. With the latest Windows 10 May 2019 update, you can install and log on to your Windows 10 PC with just your phone number from your Microsoft account.

Microsoft now plans to allow people to completely remove the password option in Windows 10 login screen. With Azure Active Directory, it also extends to corporate users, giving businesses full access to their security keys, authentication programs, or Windows Hello without passwords.

It is another step toward a future that you do not have to worry about. Remember complex passwords, use password manager, prevent password reuse. If Microsoft, Apple, and Google go their way, we will use our eyes, fingers, or physical keys for accounts and devices instead of passwords.

Updated on July 11 at 12:40 pm : Updated business users with more information about missing passwords

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