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How To Sign-In To Your Microsoft Account Without A Cumbersome Password

21 November 2018, 11:56 | Jodi Jackson

You can now sign into your Microsoft account using hardware-based security keys

Now you can sign in to your Microsoft Account using Windows Hello, FIDO2 devices

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it was adding support for FIDO2 security key authentication to Windows 10.

Name your security key so that you can distinguish it from other keys.

In both cases, Microsoft stresses that the system won't easily fall prone to phishing attacks or malware, since it requires an indication that you were present and used a "local gesture" (such as a face scan or PIN code) to login.

Assuming you meet those requirements (and you've got a compatible FIDO2 key), all you need to do is sign into your Microsoft Account through Edge and then head to the Security menu.

Once your security key is configured, when you try to log into a Microsoft service, you will be prompted to press the button on your key to automatically authenticate you and log you in.

If you were interested in getting a Microsoft-compatible FIDO2 security key for your desktop or laptop then it is recommended that you choose one from a Microsoft partner such as Yubico or Feitian Technology.

Now you can sign in to your Microsoft Account using Windows Hello, FIDO2 devices

Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), we've been working with others to develop open standards for the next generation of authentication.

A FIDO 2 security key is not to be confused with a FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) security key, which works as a second authentication factor with the password being the first authentication factor.

"Every month, more than 800 million people use a Microsoft account to create, connect, and share from anywhere to Outlook, Office, OneDrive, Bing, Skype and Xbox Live for work and play".

Launch Microsoft Edge on the latest Windows 10 update (version 1809). Then, click Security More security options, and select Set up a security key. This generates a unique public-private key pair between your key and your Microsoft account, and only the key stores the private key. One of the major introductions is in enabling the use of USB or NFC FIDO2 devices. It hopes that Windows Hello, and the various hardware enhanced security methods it can use to verify your identity is the solution.

Sign out and open Microsoft Edge, select "use security key instead" and sign in by inserting or tapping your key and entering your PIN. You may use the new authentication method from that moment on when signing in to Microsoft services using the Edge browser.

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