Widespread use of internet has given rise to Cybersecurity needs that become a growing concern over the past few years. Increasing threats of malware attacks has compelled software companies to upgrade their security measures in an effort to counter this threatening phenomenon. Likewise, weak passwords and identity theft have become the primary source of data loss over the past years.
General public does not understand the risk of assigning common passwords to their personal information as a recent study reveals that people are still using passwords such as “123456” and “Password” to protect their data. Keeping in view the same trend, Microsoft being the largest software company is reportedly working on to kill the prevailing password option to protect data.
Microsoft to Kill Password Options
According to details, Microsoft has finally outlined that passwords should no longer be the first line of defence against cyber threats. The software giant has also distinguished how it’s tiresome to select a password complicated enough, such that it has an appropriate number of special characters, numbers, and capital alphabets.
Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and chief information security officer, said:
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.
Microsoft had already introduced Windows Hello Biometric Authentication System in Windows 10 in an effort to reduce dependence on passwords. Similarly, company has also introduced its own Authenticator app that adds another layer of security with support for fingerprint scanners.
Additionally, Microsoft has also studied the working principles of FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance – a consortium that develops standards for simpler, yet stronger, security. The company has worked with FIDO to find out ways in order to further promote password-free solutions not only for the enterprise but also for the general public. Whereas, the FIDO stated that most of its own employees rely on Windows Hello for Business to log into their PCs instead of passwords.
Rob Lefferts, director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security, states that:
It will take time for all the parties, all the important websites and all the important line-of-business applications to adopt this technology, and it will take even more time for users, customers and organizations to make the cultural shift required so that people can really live in this new world. But we have the blueprint for accelerating the move away from passwords. The key to success is making sure that the user experience is actually easier and better than what they have with passwords today.
It is important to note that that this is not the first time Microsoft prompted to work on same line as it introduced Windows Hello with Windows 10 back in 2015 is also committed to work on other measures to further improve security features.
It will be interesting to see if the company succeeds in its activities in the near future, with Google and Apple working with similar goals in mind as well.