Microsoft believes the world is ready to ignore passwords
Microsoft believes the world is ready to ignore passwords

Microsoft believes that 2020 will be a significant year for the password authentication system that has reigned over the past six decades.

American computer scientist Fernando Corbato developed a Compatible Time Sharing System (CTSS).

The system allows users to share the processing power of their computers, but it also needs a way to protect these users' personal files.

Corbato helped people protect their files in the 1960s, but over the past decade the computer industry has tried to remove this protection because people chose weak passwords.

Databases are compromised and people tend to reuse passwords between low and high score websites.

It becomes a problem when hackers breach the database and discover the secret keys of millions of accounts online.

In addition to the security risks of personal passwords, the cost of maintaining this method of authentication in the organization is also high.

Microsoft quoted a sentence from a report by market research firm Gartner: More than half of technical support calls are used to reset passwords.

In recent years, companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google have tried to develop password-less authentication in the FIDO Alliance.

Microsoft announced last year that 90% of its employees use an authentication system without a password.

Key technologies for password-less authentication include Windows Hello biometrics to access Azure AD networks, applications that support Microsoft Authenticator, and FIDO2 security keys.

According to Microsoft, 150 million people use Microsoft systems without a PIN code every month.

Microsoft's next password-breaking contract is for the new FIDO2 Security Key Management tool, which allows customers to define methods that users can use to manage their authentication methods such as phone numbers. And email addresses.

According to Microsoft, the use of password-less mechanisms in Azure AD networks with support for Windows AD, Microsoft Authenticator app, and FIDO2 security keys increased by 50%.

Users praise the figures ignored as 84.7% of users chose Windows Hello to log into their Windows 10 PC in 2020 instead of a password of over 69.4% in 2019.

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