Microsoft wants to make passwords largely obsolete in the future. On the company’s support page, the drum is now being promoted for another login option. Windows, Outlook or OneDrive users can in future remove their own password and set an authenticator app, Windows Hello or security keys as well as email or SMS verification.
Users no longer have to remember a password, but are simply asked to enter a short code, which is displayed via the corresponding option. This means that Microsoft customers can no longer forget their password and sit in front of an inaccessible account. However, if you lose the corresponding verification type, there is of course still no access.
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The new function is to be rolled out for all customers from October 5, 2021. If you want to use the function, download an authenticator app in advance. These are available for both Android and iOS smartphones and the browser. As soon as the function has been activated, you can activate the “passwordless account” in your Microsoft account under the security options. The menu then guides you through the setup.
In the course of this you have to verify and link the new option. You can then forget your password and only use the new variant in the future. The login with a password can be reactivated at any time. Microsoft emphasizes, however, that the new options are much more secure than the old passwords. After all, these can be stolen by hackers or simply guessed at.
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