Welcome to the password-less future!
As per reports, Microsoft is planning to make computers running on Windows 10 operating system free of passwords and replace it with Windows Hello face authentication, fingerprints, or a PIN code.
The Verge reports the Windows has been working on getting rid of passwords from Windows and the connected Microsoft Accounts for several months, but now when the next major update is rolled out in Windows 10 in 2020, the aforementioned step would be taken.
It needs to be mentioned here that Microsoft believes that a PIN code is far more secure than a password, although, the common belief is that the four-digit code will be riskier than a password which has a mix of different characters.
How does the password work?
Windows 10 stores a private key on a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is basically a secure chip which keeps a PIN local to the user’s device only and as per the report, even if servers are compromised and passwords are stolen, the Windows Hello PIN will not be affected.
Also, this decision of Microsoft going password-less would also extend to business users through Azure Active Directory, which will then allow businesses to operate without a password, and with security pin, the authenticator app, or Windows Hello.
Now, if this feature is indeed introduced next year and works as intended, the password will no longer appear on the login screen depending on the users – the user can opt “make your device password-less” option.
This is another step towards a future which will need no complex passwords. Also, if giants like Microsoft, Apple and Google get what they want, the future will only need our eyes, fingers or punching in keys to access our accounts instead of devices protected by passwords.