On Worldwide Password Day, Everyone Wants You To Stop Using Passwords

Posted on Friday, May 12, 2023 by Chris Hayner

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And gosh darn it, they’re right. Passwordless authentication is superior to passwords when it comes to security because it eliminates the need for users to create and remember passwords. This makes it more difficult for attackers to gain access to accounts, as they no longer have a single point of entry. Mostly because it means that users can’t accidentally give those attackers passwords.

In 2022, Microsoft tracked 1,287 password attacks every second (more than 111 million per day)- and X amount of them were successful. Using passwordless strategies means that these attacks will always fail.

Passwordless authentication can be implemented using a variety of methods, such as biometrics or security keys, and are available from every major manufacturer that you can think of- and by that I mean Microsoft and Google. The big guys want you to stop using passwords and goshdarnit I just can’t disagree with them.

Why do I keep saying goshdarnit?