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Microsoft says it’s time to kill the password

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Dec 29, 2017, 8:00 pm IST
Updated Dec 29, 2017, 8:02 pm IST
The company claims that Windows Hello has proved a successful security system.
The Redmond giant further said that the passwords are a relic from the early days of computing that have outlived their usefulness.
 The Redmond giant further said that the passwords are a relic from the early days of computing that have outlived their usefulness.

Passwords are the most commonly used way to prove your identity but no matter how many times people are warned the passwords are still horrible, making it easy for hackers. Following which Microsoft is alarming users and has provided a solution in its lengthy blog post.

The Redmond based tech giant is one of the companies that are trying to replace passwords with more secure authentication systems that are more convenient to use. Microsoft in partnership with the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) is highlighting its efforts to increase adoption of biometric-enabled devices for security reasons. For example, Microsoft's Windows Hello is being used to protect Windows 10 devices.

 

The company claims that Windows Hello has proved a successful security system and nearly 70 per cent of Windows 10 users with biometric-enabled devices are choosing Windows Hello over traditional passwords. The Redmond giant further said that the passwords are a relic from the early days of computing that have outlived their usefulness. And that having to change them on regular basis is hard-to-remember as a string of text isn’t the solution.

“For several decades, the industry has focused on securing devices. That model needs a makeover. Securing devices is important, but it’s not enough. We should also be focused on securing individuals. We can enhance your experience and security by letting you become the password,” the company said.

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