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Microsoft lets users go passwordless

Microsoft has announced a new initiative that will allow users to log into their accounts and access various services without the need for a password.

According to Microsoft, the passwordless authentication system will be available to users of the company’s Azure Active Directory (AD) service, as well as users of Microsoft’s own suite of productivity tools, such as Office 365.

The passwordless system will utilize various forms of authentication, including biometric methods like facial recognition and fingerprint scanning, as well as one-time codes sent to users via SMS or email. Microsoft claims that the use of multiple authentication methods will make it more difficult for hackers to gain access to user accounts.

In a statement, Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer, Bret Arsenault, said that the move towards passwordless authentication is in response to the growing problem of password-related security breaches.

“Passwords have long been the weakest link in the security chain, and as cyber attacks continue to evolve, it’s clear that we need to move beyond them,” Arsenault said. “By offering our users the option to go passwordless, we’re not only making it easier and more convenient for them to access their accounts, but we’re also significantly increasing the security of those accounts.”

The passwordless authentication system will be rolled out to users of Azure AD and Office 365 in the coming months, with the option to enable the feature being made available in the account settings of both services.

In addition to the passwordless authentication system, Microsoft is also introducing a number of other security features, including enhanced protection against phishing attacks and the use of machine learning to identify and block suspicious login attempts.

The move towards passwordless authentication is part of a wider trend in the tech industry, with companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon also offering passwordless options to their users.

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