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Microsoft Is Working Towards A ‘Password-Less’ Future Beginning As Early As 2021
By Thanussha Priyah, 22 Dec 2020
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Passwords are supposed to be a protective measure against the exploitation of personal information, but the World Economic Forum reported that at least 80-percent of cybersecurity failures involve direct attacks on users’ passwords. Microsoft recognizes that passwords aren’t as safe as they are made out to be, so the company is working on a “password-less” future for its organization.
Microsoft is looking at physical encryption tools, such as the FIDO2 security key, to open Hybrid Azure Active Directory Windows 10 devices. It is also exploring other techniques like the use of a PIN or biometric data to open devices, as users do with their smartphones through fingerprint or facial recognition.
The tech company wants to apply the password-free concept across devices and systems. For example, the user should be able to execute a single method to gain access across laptops, cloud-based apps, and even company buildings.
Microsoft’s research saw that “password-less usage in Azure Active Directory is up by more than 50 percent for Windows Hello for Business,” and an increase in “password-less phone sign-in with Microsoft Authenticator, and FIDO2 security keys.”
With the positive feedback, Microsoft hopes to shift into the password-less protective measure in the next year.
[via Input Magazine, cover image via Shutterstock]
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