Different websites and services sometimes require different styles of passwords. For example some websites might be quite relaxed and simply require a password that’s 6-12 characters long. However some services, especially banking services, might require passwords that have upper and lowercase letters, and a mix of numbers and alphabets.
This means that remembering passwords can be a chore, which is why password managers exist. However if you’d rather not go through the hassle of entering a password at all, Microsoft has announced that they will be enabling phone sign-ins for Microsoft Accounts. This means that all users have to do is confirm their login via their phone with a single tap and they’re good to go.
According to Microsoft, “With phone sign-in, we’re shifting the security burden from your memory to your device. Just add your account to the Android or iOS Microsoft Authenticator app, then enter your username as usual when signing in somewhere new. Instead of entering your password, you’ll get a notification on your phone. Unlock your phone, tap “Approve”, and you’re in.”
Users will need to download the Microsoft Authenticator app on their smartphone in order to use this feature. The app is available via the iTunes App Store or Google Play so go ahead and check it out if you’re interested in taking advantage of the feature.