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Microsoft Accounts dumped passwords for something much safer

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Ralph Philbrick
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As time moves on, it’s becoming more and more clear that relying on passwords isn’t really the best way to keep our online accounts secure.

In the name of beefing up security, a number of companies have started moving to two-factor authentication or password-less sign-in, and today, Microsoft added its name to that ever-growing list.

Beginning today, Microsoft is letting users log into their Windows accounts using security keys or Windows Hello.

More specifically, Microsoft is allowing users to perform password-less sign-in FIDO2 security devices.

If you don’t want to buy a separate security key, you can also use Windows Hello to perform a biometric login with your face or your fingerprint.

Of course, you can also use the Microsoft Authenticator app to sign in, but that functionality already existed within Windows.

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