The topic of passwords is one we all know too well. From being an everyday annoyance to a major security risk, passwords are a pain point for many. According to a YouGov Omnibus survey shared with Microsoft, 30% of respondents prefer not using an app, account or service altogether rather than going through the hassle of resting a password. For this reason, Microsoft first announced in March of 2021 passwordless sign-in will be generally available for commercial users. Going passwordless means never having to remember a password again while feeling as secure as possible. Before being available to the public, Microsoft employees began the passwordless transition. Today, nearly 100% of them use passwordless options to log in to their corporate accounts.
Now, after months of anticipation, Microsoft’s Vice President of Security, Compliance, and Identity, Vasu Jakkal, officially shared Microsoft’s password-free sign-in is now available to the public! Click here to read Vasu’s blog and to learn more about how you can go passwordless yourself. Not convinced? Here are 4 major reasons to go passwordless.
- Passwords make you an easy target for cybersecurity attacks. Using technology, hackers can easily crack your password giving them access to your private information.
- They waste time. 27% of YouGov Omnibus survey respondents shared they forget passwords at least monthly resulting in the long process of retrieving or resetting a password.
- Passwords aren’t user-friendly. Many still write down login information in notebooks and post-it notes. This restricts accessibility. If we are not able to retrieve that note, we wouldn’t be able to log in.
- They take up too much brain space. To protect ourselves, we are required to add combinations of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols which are difficult to remember.