That’s right! Now you can sign-in to your Microsoft Account more securely and it does not require you to enter your password. How is this more secure you may ask. First of all this will only work if you have enabled MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) on your Microsoft Account. If you have not already done this, please do this on all your Microsoft as well as any non-Microsoft account as this is a must to keep your account secure. Password-less sign-in is also secure because you no longer have to risk typing your password into a web browser. Your machine maybe infected with keyloggers that will record everything you type. Especially if you are signing in to your account on a public computer.
Let’s take a look at what you need to get this working. You need 3 things:
- A Microsoft account (Obviously)
- Have enabled MFA (Multi-factor authentication) on your Microsoft account.
- Have installed and configured Microsoft Authenticator App on your smart phone to work with your Microsoft Account.
Unfortunately I will not be showing you how to enable MFA on your Microsoft Account but you could visit Microsoft Support Page here to learn how to enable this on your account.
I will show you how this works in action. Once you are at the Microsoft sign-in page, please enter your email address as usual.
Now click Next and stop! Now check what it says at the end of the little pop-up box under the password section: “Use the Microsoft Authenticator app instead”.
Now click on “Use the Microsoft Authenticator app instead” and then you will see that it waits for you to approve the sign-in on your mobile phone.
You should see the approval request on your mobile phone and simply click “APPROVE” to sign-in.
Once you click Approve, your phone might confirm your identity once more by asking you to use the biometric sign-in option on the phone itself. Once completed you will be signed in to Microsoft account.
This encourages users to use stronger and more unique passwords on their accounts as now they no longer have to enter it all the time. This feature is meant to come soon for Azure AD sign-in as well.
Strong passwords and Multi-factor authentication all the time!! Stay secure.