Microsoft to kill passwords by 2021; Here's what it'll do

Looks like Microsoft is close to completely change how we unlock our laptops and smartphones. within the latest blog post the corporate has spoken about its efforts in moving towards a passwordless future and its intentions to succeed in that stage in 2021. In the blog post, the corporate has stated that nearly 80% of the cyber-attacks are targeted towards the password with every 250 corporate accounts being hacked a day . And this has pushed the corporate to bring a password free solution. “In November 2019 at Microsoft Ignite, we shared that quite 100 million people were already using Microsoft’s passwordless sign-in monthly . In May of 2020, just in time for World Password Day, that number had already grown to quite 150 million people, and therefore the use of biometrics to access work accounts is now almost double what it had been then. We’ve drawn strength from our customers’ determination this year and are set to form passwordless access a reality for all our customers in 2021,” said the corporate blog post.

Microsoft to kill passwords by 2021; Here's what it'll do
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Looks like Microsoft is close to completely change how we unlock our laptops and smartphones. within the latest blog post the corporate has spoken about its efforts in moving towards a passwordless future and its intentions to succeed in that stage in 2021.

In the blog post, the corporate has stated that nearly 80% of the cyber-attacks are targeted towards the password with every 250 corporate accounts being hacked a day . And this has pushed the corporate to bring a password free solution.

“In November 2019 at Microsoft Ignite, we shared that quite 100 million people were already using Microsoft’s passwordless sign-in monthly . In May of 2020, just in time for World Password Day, that number had already grown to quite 150 million people, and therefore the use of biometrics to access work accounts is now almost double what it had been then. We’ve drawn strength from our customers’ determination this year and are set to form passwordless access a reality for all our customers in 2021,” said the corporate blog post.

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The firm adds that, along side new UX and API's for managing FIDO2 security keys, enabling customers to develop custom solutions and tools, it's also planned to release a converged registration portal in 2021. this may help users manage their passwordless credentials via the ‘My Apps’ portal.

As per the firm, passwordless usage in Azure Active Directory has gone up by over 50% for Windows Hello for Business, passwordless phone check in with Microsoft authenticator and FIDO2 security keys.

It has been mentioned that there are over 150 million total passwordless users across Azure Active Directory and Microsoft consumer accounts. the amount of consumers using Windows Hello to check in Windows 10 devices, rather than password, grew to 84.7% from 69.4% last year.

Microsoft isn't new performing on passwordless future. the corporate has been trying to bring more light to the present transition since years. Back in February this year, the corporate announced a preview of Azure Active Directory support for FIDO2 security keys in hybrid environments.

With FIDO2, it enabled users with security keys to access their hybrid Azure Active Directory Windows 10 devices with seamless check in providing secure access to on-premises and cloud resources with a robust hardware backed public and personal key credential.

In September this year the corporate , during its Microsoft Ignite conference revealed the new passwordless wizard available through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

And in November, the corporate once more stressed on how FIDO2 may be a critical a part of Microsoft's passwordless vision.

It is worth adding that besides Microsoft, Apple is additionally performing on this feature. The iPhone maker has stressed tons on its Touch ID, Apple ID log-in system and Face ID in laptops, mac and iPhones.(Asianewsera)