Microsoft’s Authenticator app is saving valuable seconds by bypassing passwords for phone-based logins. According to Microsoft, ” the process is easier than standard two-step verification and significantly more secure than only a password.”
In a blog post today, the company enabled a new phone sign-in feature that allows users to skip entering a password for anything that uses a Microsoft account. The feature works a lot like Google’s sign-in prompt and uses a mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) to confirm your identity. Once you’ve set up your account within the app, just enable phone sign-in through the settings menu and log in on your desktop using your mobile device. After you receive a notification on your phone to approve the login, just click approve, and you’re in.
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You’ll still have to enter your username, so the time saved is negligible at best. But with passwords seeming more dated by the day, any move that gets us a step closer to killing them entirely is one worth making, at least in my opinion.
And if you end up hating it — or lose access to your mobile device — you can always switch back to the traditional password.