To remember all the passwords for different apps is always a challenge. This can also be a threat to our files and personal information because most of the times people choose only one password for different apps and if hackers hack your one account, then they could easily gain access to all your other accounts. However, a number of two-factor authentication methods are available for users, but it’s still difficult to convince people to use them.
Microsoft is trying to solve this problem for us, so it is planning to make Windows 10 PCs work without passwords.
The company is working on new updates from months and it is trying to make Windows 10 and its Microsoft Accounts passwordless. Next year, the next major update to Windows 10 will come. This new feature “make your device passwordless” will be soon come to your PCs and laptops. This passwordless sign-in will appear for Microsoft accounts on a Windows 10 device. By going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and turning on the passwordless option, users will switch all Microsoft accounts on that Windows 10 device to use Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN only.
Windows 10 will actually stores your private key on a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). It is a secure chip that keeps a PIN local to your device only and does not share it. Servers may be affected and also there is a chance that passwords can be stolen but it will not affect the Windows Hello PIN. Although Microsoft believes that may be a four-digit code is more simple to use, but according to the company a PIN code is far more secure than a password.
Microsoft Windows 10 users can also opt into two-factor authentication processes. These processes include basic SMS, a separate Microsoft Authentication app, Windows Hello, or even physical security keys with the FIDO2 standard. However, you can also use your phone number on a Microsoft Account even to set up and sign into a Windows 10 PC.
Today, a public preview of FIDO2 security keys support in Azure Active Directory was also made available by the Microsoft. Thus, the ability to deliver at scale FIDO2 security keys authenticating a user on a Windows 10 Azure Active Directory-joined device can be tried out by users. Through Azure Active Directory this feature will also come to businesses, which could help lock down business devices and protect valuable data by removing the password.
So, its a very good step by Microsoft, as we can see our future with at-least less passwords. We may not require a password manager or we will not have to avoid reusing passwords. We will be using our eyes, fingers, or physical keys to get into our accounts and devices instead of passwords, if Microsoft, Apple, and Google progress in this way.
Moreover, a new option to create a quick event from the Task-bar by clicking on the date in the task-bar is also added. Users can pick their desired date and set a time and location more quickly by using a calendar fly-out.