According to the latest data disclosed by Microsoft, 150 million users are using secret-free logins every month. By comparison, the figures released at the Ignite 2019 conference last year were only about 100 million. In just six months, that number has grown by nearly 50 million. Thanks to Windows Hello, Microsoft Authenticator authenticator, and FIDO2-based security key schemes, users can easily access services including Azure, GitHub, Office, and Xbox, the company said in a blog post.
One of Microsoft’s current goals is to promote passwordless account login (MFA) scenarios because they help protect users from online attacks.
According to some of the company’s statistics released last year, attacks on MFA are extremely rare and lack valid data to share.
The software giant says it has managed to switch 90 percent of its employees to secret-enabled logins, and has reduced the cost of hardware and software by 87 percent. Even so, the company has yet to force all inexperienced customers to adopt them immediately.
Joy Chik, Microsoft’s vice president, said it hopes to ultimately drive all customers to be more productive, reduce IT costs, and reap the benefits of enhanced security.