Microsoft Close to Eliminating Passwords

Microsoft Close to Eliminating Passwords
Windows Fast ring Insiders are previewing a feature which makes their computers "passwordless."

(CCM) — Microsoft is preparing to usher in a password-free future, at least when it comes to its Windows 10 operating system.

The latest Preview Build 18936 (20H1) release of Windows 10, available to Fast ring Insiders, provides the option to make all accounts on a particular machine "passwordless" for user log ins, Microsoft has announced in a blog post.

By toggling a "Make your device passwordless" switch on the Sign-in options page to the "On" position, all password functionality will be deactivated. Instead, users will be able to sign in using Windows Hello face or fingerprint biometrics, or with a Windows Hello PIN, or by inserting a physical security key.

Users who have not yet set up Windows Hello will be walked though the setup experience at their next sign-in.

The move away from passwords follows Windows Hello earning a FIDO2 certification, an industry standard which means that Windows Hello can be considered a secure authentication system. "No one likes passwords (except hackers)," Yogesh Mehta, a Microsoft security group manager, explained at the time.

The "passwordless" feature is only available to a small number of PC users at the moment, but Fast ring Insiders who do not yet have it should expect it to become available to them over the next few weeks, the report adds.

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