17 January 2019
Microsoft wants a world without passwords and is motivated to make it happen. It expressed its opinion about it in 2018 and it isn’t surprising that the company is looking to move in that direction. The company has made its Windows 10 Home edition and Insider Preview Build 18309 with support for passwordless accounts. The company claims that a stable version containing this feature will make its way to all versions of Windows 10 sometime in April this year.
There’s still a way to protect your Windows account even without a password. So, how does this work? Well, exactly like how the Google two-step verification works. After providing your phone number, you receive a message on your phone with the verification code. An alternative to this is Windows Hello which allows you to set a PIN, fingerprint or even face scan login. Consistent data breaches may also be controlled by reducing reliance on passwords. However, with state-of-the-art tech and artificial intelligence, data breaches have become more and more common. Researchers claim that artificial intelligence can even produce fake fingerprints.
There’s a good chance that hackers can even gain access to your phone number through SIM duplication. While this isn’t as rampant as hacking with the use of a password, it is still a possibility. What do you think of a world without passwords? Let us know in the comments section below!