Microsoft Rolls Out New Microsoft Authenticator App Hoping Users Will Stop Using Passwords

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Microsoft has announced a new app they want you to download so you can stop using passwords, which the company says is how so many people are hacked.  The Microsoft Authenticator App is a security key of sorts, when a user wants to log into his or her account, it send a verification code to the user’s phone or email, or it can use biometrics and scan your face, iris or fingerprint.

Security analyst say passwords are hacked 18 billion times a year.  Those with common, easy and short passwords are most vulnerable.  Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president for security, compliance and identity at Microsoft, said that the new option tackles two problems: complex passwords people can't remember and passwords that do not offer enough security because they're too simple.