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Microsoft adds option to make Windows 10 devices passwordless

Microsoft adds option to make Windows 10 devices passwordless

One of the main features of this new build is passwordless login, which Windows 10 users will be able to use by default to login into their Windows accounts. Please note: This feature is now being rolled out to a small portion of Insiders and the above option may not show for all users in Settings.

Microsoft confirms that the upgrade hold is no longer in place and notes that it may take up to 48 hours before affected devices may find the new feature update when admins run manual checks for updates in Windows Update. This will turn off password sign-ins for every Microsoft accounts on the system to sign-in only via Windows Hello authentication including facial recognition, fingerprints, and PIN - all of which are more secure than a password.

Microsoft is proceeding to roll out new Windows 10 20H1 check builds with incremental new options frequently. We put together a bit of a slideshow to walk you back through it, just for fun.

Windows 10 is taking another step to kill password logins.

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Microsoft also says that a PIN code is far more secure than a password, even if it seems more simple to use a four-digit code.

Windows 10 will actually stores your private key on a device with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). If Microsoft, Apple, and Google have their way then we'll be using our eyes, fingers, or physical keys that we posses to get into our accounts and devices instead of passwords. If you have one of these devices, give it a try and let us know what you think! In a FIDO2 future, if a hacker wants to steal hundreds of millions of passwords, they'll need a way to hack into hundreds of millions of devices.

The new feature update for Windows 10 has had its share of issues but was not almost as buggy as the Windows 10 version 1809 update that Microsoft had to pull for about six weeks because of major issues. This means that business users can now start trying out the ability to deliver FIDO2 security keys at scale, authenticating a user on a Windows 10 Azure Active Directory-joined device. With this update, it will now be easier for you to add new events and create new reminders. Users will see a calendar flyout where they can pick their desired date and set a time and location more quickly this way.