Microsoft plans to run Windows 10 PCs without passwords. Although the company has been removing passwords from Windows 10 and its Microsoft accounts for a number of months, the next major update of Windows 10 will go one step further next year. You will soon be able to enable a password-free login for Microsoft accounts on a Windows 10 device. This means that PC & # 39; s use Windows Hello face verification, fingerprints or a pin code. The password option simply disappears from the login screen if you decide to sign up for this new "make your device password-free" feature.
So why does Microsoft want people to stop using passwords to log in to Windows 10 PCs? It is very simple: passwords suck. People want to reuse them on every website and on their personal devices. Although we have a number of two-factor authentication methods available, it is still difficult to convince people to use them.
Microsoft argues that one PIN code is much more secure than a password, even if it seems easier to use a four-digit code. This is due to unknown variables and the fact that the code is stored on a device and is not shared online. Windows 10 stores your private key on a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a secure chip that only keeps a pin code locally. Servers can be hacked and passwords stolen, but a Windows Hello PIN would not be affected.
Microsoft is slowly trying to persuade Windows 10 users to embark on two-factor authentication processes such as basic SMS, a separate Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, or even physical security keys with the FIDO2 standard. With the latest update of Windows 10 May 2019 you can even set up a Windows 10 PC and log in with just a phone number on a Microsoft account.
Microsoft is now planning to allow people to completely remove the password option from the Windows 10 login screen. It's just another step to a future where we hopefully don't have to worry about remembering complex passwords, having it of password management or avoiding the reuse of passwords. If Microsoft, Apple, and Google have their way, we use our eyes, fingers, or physical keys that we own to access our accounts and devices instead of passwords.