Microsoft : You can now completely discard your Microsoft password.
After years of promising to kill the password, they finally delivers.
Microsoft account password
You will now be able to completely reset your account password. (school and work accounts will not work) as long as you are using the latest version of Windows 10 or 11.
And have at least two authentication features.
This includes the Authenticator smartphone app, which is required.
Some may be Windows Hello biometric credential. (eg your face or fingerprint), a hardware security key, or a one-time passcode sent to you via text message or email.
Your account anonymous sign-in should be active across Microsoft. Including Edge, Office365, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Teams and Xbox Live.
However, it will not work on older devices and applications. including Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or even Windows 10 up to version 1809. Office 2010, or Office 2011 for Mac; Xbox 360. Windows Phone 8; and desktop remote control protocol. In some of these, you will be able to set application-specific passwords for Microsoft devices.
Why Microsoft made this change
“Weak passwords are the key to hacking into business and consumer accounts,” wrote Vasu Jakkal. It’s vice president of security at a corporate blog post (September 15). “There are 579 password attacks that end every second. That’s 18 billion every year.”
More than 17 years after Bill Gates famously announced the death of the password. It has stopped trying to make its people and use strong, unique passwords, explains Jakkal.
“Passwords are incredibly disruptive to create, remember. And manage all the accounts in our lives,” he said. “About a third of people say they completely stop using an account. or service instead of dealing with a lost password.”
Tom’s guide is inconsistent: Strong, unique passwords are not difficult to manage as long as you use one of the best password managers. some of which are free. We will address this issue through it privately.)
How to set up Microsoft anonymous login
Microsoft released passwords to its business customers back in March. And is now available to consumers as well. Here’s how to set it up.
- Install the Microsoft Authenticator app for iOS or Android on your smartphone.
- Sign in or create a Microsoft account at https://account.microsoft.com/.
- Click the Security navigation bar at the top of your Microsoft account dashboard.
- Click on Advanced Security Options on the next page.
- Click Open in the Accountless box in the middle of the next page, under the heading Additional Security.
- Click Next in the dialog box that appears.
- Follow the instructions.
- Allow the verification request sent to the Microsoft Authenticator application on your phone.
Should you lose your Microsoft password?
You can avoid typing in your Microsoft password without first pulling it out. Most Windows 10 PCs allow you to sign in with a device-specific PIN instead of a its password. If you have a Authenticator application. when you sign in to your Microsoft online account. you are required to enter verification codes instead of using your password.
And we’re not sure what happens if you kill your Microsoft password and lose access to your Authenticator app in case your phone dies or you lose it.
Microsoft’s password-free sign-in support page says. “you can still log in to your Account using another recovery method such as text message or backup email address,” but the first requires an active phone and the second, easy access to a PC.
Also, says the support page, “once you turn on 2-step verification, you will need to access two recovery modes,” which can be difficult to find in some cases.
We therefore do not intend to provide a password for your account.
Jakkal is right that any password is at risk of being attacked by identity theft. (unless you use a Hardware security key for two-factor authentication). But we are not yet completely free to go without one.