Microsoft is Going Password Free For Consumer Accounts
Microsoft is going password free for consumer accounts starting in July. What does that mean to you? It means that instead of having to type in a password when you set up an account with Microsoft, you will be able to log in without one. Many people have expressed concerns about this change. The question is, will it solve problems for customers?
Microsoft has made other changes to increase security for users. For example, the latest operating system, Windows Vista, requires that users use a digital signature to verify their identity online. In addition, new software programs are required to use strong passwords so that hackers cannot easily access your information. Microsoft is working on a better solution for all of these security issues. Right now, all of the changes they are making are focused on the customer.
In the future, Microsoft will offer more options for consumers. They will be able to use their existing password and create a new password. They will also be able to use a different password for each site. Microsoft is working on ways for accounts to be protected from unauthorized access. This may be done by requiring consumers to verify their email address before they can log into an account.
However, Microsoft is not saying they have figured out how to completely eliminate unauthorized access to our accounts. There are still some weak spots that we are going to have to watch out for. For example, if an employee leaves the company and uses their work computer for personal reasons, they may still be able to access things. A hacker could break into their accounts.
What Microsoft is doing is setting the bar pretty high for password requirements. You have to be very careful about choosing the right password. There will always be a risk of someone finding out what it is.
With password-free management, there are two basic options consumers have. They can use the default Windows password that is in place. They can also create their own password. Both of these will cost money to do. There isn’t an option to quickly reset the password.
If you need a little extra security, you can choose to use biometric technology. This means that you use your finger or fingerprint to enter into the system. It takes only a second for this information to be verified. Unfortunately, this process does not fool hackers as easily as a traditional password does. However, this is a good additional layer of security.
Microsoft is taking the necessary steps to protect our privacy. They are making the decision to go ahead and let us control our access. This gives us a choice. We can decide to stay and use the free service. We can also decide to pay a small amount to have an unlimited access to all the data we want. In the end, we all win.
What does this mean for you? You will not lose any personal information. The one time you perform a search, your search is recorded on a database used by Microsoft. All searches you make will be done anonymously. This means that if someone does steal your password and access your accounts, they will be unable to use it to obtain other information.
By performing these searches online, we can feel confident that our identities are protected. That means that we will not share our real names or any personal information with anyone. As long as the site that is requesting the login password has proper security, we have nothing to worry about. There will be no reports of unauthorized access.
Is this all going to be free of charge? No, it will not be. Once the database of all passwords is in place, a fee will be charged to cover its maintenance. Fortunately, Microsoft is working with various third-party companies to handle the administration of the database. This means that we may still be able to access our accounts for free.
While it is true that Microsoft is going password-free for consumer accounts, we strongly encourage you to take other precautions as well. It would be a good idea to update our passwords as often as possible. Make it difficult for others to access our accounts. Monitor your email regularly, and if you can, change your passwords often.