Microsoft gives you the option of completely removing your account password – Pocket-lint
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(Pocket-lint) – Who needs a password, anyway? Perhaps acknowledging that countless people around the world aren’t exactly following best practices when it comes to their digital password list, Microsoft has announced that its account holders no longer need to feel tied down with a single keyphrase.
Instead, they will now be able to ditch their passwords altogether, relying instead on their preferred combination of Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or SMS or email verifications.
Since most of these alternative measures involve random or single sign-on authentication, they could actually be much more secure than a static password that could be brutally forced with enough time, no matter how complex.
This is one of the reasons Microsoft also cites, aside from convenience. It’s also a fairly easy change to implement. If you sign in to your Microsoft account, under the advanced security options, you will be able to see the setting to go without world.
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This will require you to confirm it in the authenticator, before living a dream life in a password-less world. If that’s your thing! There’s no indication Microsoft is planning to make the change mandatory anytime soon, so don’t worry if you’d rather stick with the old ways.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on .