Microsoft's new Authenticator app means those with Microsoft accounts may no longer need to type passwords
Tired of dealing with annoying passwords as you try to access your Microsoft accounts on various devices? Microsoft has a solution with its latest update to its Authenticator app for iOS and Android which allows you to access your accounts with no password at all.
Users will now be able to see an option on the sign-in page to connect Authenticator with their Microsoft account, which has now been made more convenient than ever, cutting down on time spent typing out passwords or trying to recall which password you changed it to last month.
“The process is easier than standard two-step verification and significantly more secure only a password, which can be forgotten, phished or compromised,” said Alex Simons, director of program management at Microsoft’s Identity Division.
In the past, Microsoft Authenticator mimicked Google Authenticator by providing one-time codes used in two-factor authentication sign-in. With the new update, users simply have to unlock their phone and press an “approve” notification on their phone to log into their account. Those who have iPhones with Touch ID will also be able to approve the request by using the fingerprint reader. The feature may eventually become available on Windows 10 Mobile in the future, Simons said.