Hackers don’t break in – they log in.
These days, hackers don’t waste their time trying to break into your account. They steal personal information like passwords to gain access to your account. According to Microsoft, 80% of hacking-related breaches involved either stolen or easily guessed passwords.
A strong password may give you a certain level of security. A strong password is at least 14 characters long and includes a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. On top of that, it is best practice to create a different password for each of your online accounts.
Adding a second factor to your authentication reduces the probability of account compromise by 99.9% because it ruins the effectiveness of password-based attacks. That is why Multi-Factor Authentication is now a part of the standard login process, although some users may find it inconvenient.
Major tech companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple have announced their vision for a passwordless future. They have laid out the groundwork and expect this exciting change to come into effect soon.
Passwordless authentication takes security to the next level.
Overwhelmed by password best practices, many users take risky shortcuts like using the same password for all applications, using weak passwords, repeating passwords, or posting passwords on sticky notes. Passwordless authentication strengthens security by eliminating poor password management practices.
With Passwordless Authentication, there are no passwords to memorise. A passwordless login process will let users choose their phones as the primary authentication device so users can safely grant access with a click of a finger.
Some of the benefits of Passwordless sign-in for your business includes:
- Improved user experience
Passwordless authentication creates a seamless experience and eliminates the need for employees and customers to remember or constantly reset their forgotten passwords.
- Improved cybersecurity
This method eliminates the vulnerabilities that arise from poor password practices while cutting down the cost associated with password management tools.
- Improved productivity
Employees and customers no longer have to spend lengthy time creating and remembering a strong password. It will also reduce your IT support’s time to reset forgotten passwords.
- Controlled offboarding management
Adopting passwordless authentication will make it easier to protect your data. With the appropriate policies and systems, businesses don’t need to worry about ex-employees knowing company passwords.
How do I start using passwordless authentication?
Microsoft has started enabling passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts via the Authenticator App. Head to the Resources Page on our website to download the User Guide – How to set up Microsoft Authenticator.