For decades, passwords have been the go-to for baseline account security, so why does Microsoft want to do away with them? According to a new support page, it’s because passwords are no longer the most secure way to verify your digital identity. As Microsoft points out, passwords can be a liability, as they can be stolen or even straight-up guessed.
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So instead of passwords, the plan is to use other methods like an authenticator, biometrics, SMS codes, and physical security keys. It’s an opt-in option, though, so you get to decide if you want to stop using passwords or not.