For many, passwords are a mandatory access protection for their computers. Now the software giant Microsoft wants to show alternatives. The U.S. company will offer its customers other options for authentication starting in October.
Are passwords “out” ?
By now, we have all become accustomed to our flood of different passwords for dozens of accounts from a wide variety of service providers. The purpose of a password is to block unauthorized access to sensitive data. Now Microsoft wants to revolutionize authentication and move away from the classic password. This is to start with the in-house services Windows, Outlook and OneDrive. But how is authentication supposed to work if you don’t have a password at hand? Microsoft wants to turn the smartphone of its users into a kind of key.
To open an application, you either need an e-mail account or the corresponding Microsoft app. If you try to log in, you have to confirm the registration either via e-mail or in the app itself. The confirmation takes place by entering a code. You will receive this code either on your smartphone or via e-mail. The big advantage of this method is probably that users no longer have to worry about not remembering their password. What was previously only possible for business customers, Microsoft now wants to make possible for its private customers.
By downloading the appropriate “Authenticator app”, you should be able to get started right away. Corresponding application can be downloaded both as a user of an iPhone and an Android smartphone conveniently from the respective store. However, if you want to be able to access the login without a password, you first have to enable this in the settings of your Microsoft account. The corresponding activation is then verified via the app. The company from Redmond, USA, does not want to enable its customers to access without a password without a reason. After all, the demand from business customers seems to be downright gigantic. According to Microsoft, more than 200 million people now use the option to log in without a password.