Are you one of those people (like most of us) who struggle to keep track of all your passwords? Well last week, Microsoft began rolling out new passwordless sign-in for consumers. With the new process, Microsoft users no longer have to enter a password to gain access to their Microsoft accounts such as Outlook, OneDrive, and Family Safety. Instead, access is gained via an app such as Microsoft Authenticator which connects to your phone or Windows Hello. It lets users sign into their accounts with their face, fingerprint, or personal ID number.
Users will also be able to use a security key or have a verification code sent to their phone or email — both of which are more secure than a simple, guessable password.
Company officials maintain that using such a system instead of traditional passwords will make logging in easier and safer.
The new passwordless sign-in began rolling out to commercial users in March and general consumer users last week. It may not be available to all users right away. If you happen to take advantage of the new system and later regret it, Microsoft says you can always revert to the original password system.
The process for going passwordless is fairly simple. Click here for detailed instructions to help you out.