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In an exciting announcement, Microsoft announced that they are rolling out passwordless login support over the coming weeks. This means customers will be able to sign in with their regular account and not have a password requirement!


This new feature will be particularly useful for those who can’t or don’t want to remember their credentials due to ease of use and security concerns. The company first allowed commercial customers access earlier this year when they reported that during 2020 alone there were 150 million users logging into Azure AD/MSA & MC licenses via federated authentication with no need for passwords!


Starting today, you can finally stop typing your password. In order to log into their Microsoft accounts, users can choose from a variety of different options including the app called “Microsoft Authenticator”, Windows Hello (a form of biometric authentication), security key or verification codes that are sent by mail.


“This feature will help to protect your Microsoft account from identity attacks like phishing while providing even easier access to the best apps and services like Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, OneDrive, Family Safety, Microsoft Edge and more,” said Liat Ben-Zur, Microsoft Corporate Vice President.


The Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Security, Compliance and Identity Vasu Jakkal added that threat actors use weak passwords as the initial attack vector in most attacks. The company detects 579 password breaches every second with 18 billion incidents each year- a number which is growing rapidly!


“One of our recent surveys found that 15 percent of people use their pets’ names for password inspiration. Other common answers included family names and important dates like birthdays,” Jakkal said.


“We also found 1 in 10 people admitted reusing passwords across sites, and 40 percent say they’ve used a formula for their passwords, like Fall2021, which eventually becomes Winter2021 or Spring2022.”


How to go passwordless


To log in into your Microsoft account without a password install the Microsoft Authenticator app and link it to your personal Microsoft account.


Then go to your Microsoft account page, sign in, and turn on the ‘Passwordless Account” under Advanced Security Options > Additional Security Options.


Last, follow the on-screen prompts and approve the notification displayed by the Authenticator app.


“Passwordless solutions such as Windows Hello, the Microsoft Authenticator app, SMS or Email codes, and physical security keys provide a more secure and convenient sign-in method,” Microsoft explains.


“While passwords can be guessed, stolen, or phished, only you can provide fingerprint authentication, or provide the right response on your mobile at the right time.”


If you need assistance with cybersecurity call Micropac today!

 

Source: Microsoft

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Businesses are being attacked by ransomware at an alarming rate. The WannaCry attack in May 2017 alone infected 200,000 computers worldwide and demanded $300 in Bitcoin to unlock each one. Not only can these attacks cost you money, but they can also leave your data vulnerable, taking away the security of your company’s assets. In this post we will discuss how to protect your business from ransomware so that it doesn’t happen to you!


What is Ransomware?


Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your data and holds it hostage until you pay up. It can be a one-time occurrence or it can encrypt your files every hour until you pay the amount requested.


Most ransomware attacks are delivered via phishing emails or malicious downloads from compromised websites. When executed, the malware can lock down a user’s system by disabling access to files through encryption. To unlock their computer or servers.


Why Should Your Business Care About Ransomware?


If a ransomware attack strikes your business, it can cost thousands of dollars in both the ransom payment and in IT expenses. In addition to that, you may have sensitive data being held hostage or lost forever if backup systems are also encrypted by the malware. This could be extremely damaging for companies


In addition to costing your company money, ransomware attacks could put your data at risk and leave employees without access to important information that they need in order to do their job. Employees could lose


If you are attacked, the best thing to do is try and restore your data from a backup. This can be challenging if it has encrypted that too!


One way of protecting yourself against ransomware attacks is ensuring that all software on your computer or network is updated with the latest security fixes.


What Can I Do?


The best way to protect your business from ransomware is being aware of the threat and taking action.


First, you should be sure that all software on your computer or network is updated with the latest security fixes so that it doesn’t get infected by a new variant of ransomware.


Second, monitor emails coming into your company’s email system.


Finally, make sure you have a backup of your data so that if ransomware strikes it won’t be the end of the world. If you don’t already back up your files regularly or at all then look into some options for cloud backup from MicroPac . It’s easy to set up and inexpensive!


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And don’t forget to check out our blog for helpful tips in protecting your business from ransomware. If you have any questions about how we can help protect your company contact us today at www.micropactech.com.

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