Microsoft accounts can now say goodbye to passwords

Anyone with a Microsoft account, including Hotmail or Outlook, can now completely remove the account password for added security. It’s a huge step forward in digital security, and that includes Xbox users too, of course.

“In recent years, twe’re told the future has no password, and today I’m excited to announce the next step in that vision,” wrote Microsoft Corporate Vice President Vasu Jakkal in the announcement post. “Starting today, you can completely remove the password from your Microsoft account.”

As for the “why” of this change, Microsoft points to the fact that passwords are insecure and are the focus of more than 18 billion attacks each year, or 579 attacks every second.

Before running out of password, you will need the app Microsoft Authenticator on your smartphone. Then you can use Windows Hello, a security key or verification code that is sent to an email address, your phone, or a compatible app or service like Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Family Safety, and more to sign in , depending on the location.

To get started, you will need to log into your Microsoft account on the web and enable the “Account without password” option. Then just follow the onscreen instructions and approve the change to your Microsoft Authenticator application. (You can always re-add a password to the account later, if you prefer.)

This feature is now available on consumer-facing Microsoft accounts. Previously, Microsoft also made passwordless login a feature of its Microsoft 365 business accounts.