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Ready to say goodbye to passwords? Users will no longer need one for Microsoft accounts


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Microsoft wants you to ditch your password. For good, this time.

The company announced in a blog post Wednesday that it will give users the option to access their accounts without using a password.

Users can choose between downloading the Microsoft Authenticator app; a security key; a verification code sent to your phone or secondary email address; or Windows Hello, a biometric option that involves scanning your face, iris or fingerprint.

With the Authenticator app, for example, users get notified on their smartphone during a login attempt, and receive a prompt confirming their identity.

Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president for security, compliance and identity at Microsoft, said in the blog post that the new option tackles two problems: complex passwords people can't remember and passwords that do not offer enough security because they're too simple.

"Nobody likes passwords. They're inconvenient," Jakkal wrote ...


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