Passwordless connections from Microsoft: Passwords are not as effective as they seem. Three out of four users use the same passwords and 21% of users have been using the same passwords for over 10 years. (In 2014, one of the five most popular passwords was "password", "123456" and "qwerty".)
SMS authentication is said to add a level of protection, but it is not infallible, as hackers can easily redirect SMS to another number.
Here comes the good news if you are a Windows user.
Microsoft announced today that you can sign in to your Edge browser account without a password using Windows Hello or a compatible device. FIDO2 from Yubico, Feitian or another manufacturer. Alternatively, you can use a phone running Microsoft Authenticator.
Passwordless login from Windows 10 (1809) this week on Outlook.com, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive, Cortana Digital Assistant, Microsoft Edge, Xbox Live on your PC, Microsoft Store, Bing and MSN.com.
Alex Simons, vice president of Microsoft Identity Division, said Edge is one of the first applications to implement WebAuthn and CTAP2 and supports the "wider range of authenticators" compared to other browsers.
He also mentioned that from next year, the same login experience will come to the work environment, and to the Azure Active Directory school accounts. He also stated that corporate customers will be able to have a preview before the end of 2018.
Each month, more than 800 million people use a Microsoft account to create, connect, and share from anywhere with Outlook, Office, OneDrive, Bing, Skype, and Xbox Live. Now everyone can benefit from this simple user experience and significantly improve their security.