category filters go here

Microsoft announce Passwordless Log-in

Passwords are a pain.  Microsoft’s announcement, this week, on ‘passwordless log-in’ details their plans to free us all from the relentless need to create new passwords, at least for our Microsoft accounts.  This bold move by Microsoft provokes a seismic shift in our thinking on passwords. Until now password creation has been a tiresome but essential feature of entry-level account security. But therein lies the problem: their very existence creates a risk.  No matter how great our efforts to make our passwords as secure as can be, at the end of the day there is always a risk they can be guessed or stolen, in effect giving criminals the key to our data.  Taking them out of the picture altogether seems like a radical move for Microsoft but they have been planning this shift for a number of years.  

With passwordless log-in, users can delete all passwords from their Microsoft accounts and rely solely on app-based log in or facial recognition instead.  Microsoft introduced this option to their business customers in March 2021, expanding the offering to their personal customers this week. 

 There are several key benefits of passwordless log in: 

  • Your account is more secure 
  • Your team’s user experience of work system should improve 
  • Reduced downtime & pressure on your IT team caused by password resets 

Once enabled, users will use the Microsoft Authenticator app to log into their account (other authenticator apps such as Google Authenticator won’t work for this).  Users will input a code they will view on their app from their smartphone (or other device).  It’s not without it’s problems though.  What happens if the device is lost or simply not available when you need it?   

Microsoft have listed several back up options: 

  • Windows Hello facial recognition  
  • A physical security key, which must be used on the device logging in 
  • Short Message Service (SMS) or email codes 

We are watching with interest on how this unfolds for Microsoft Users.  Our IT Support customers in Glasgow and Edinburgh will welcome the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of passwordless log-in, including the extra security it offers their business. As Microsoft partners we are well placed to provide you with advice on this issue, as part of your IT Support package, if the benefits are of interest contact us.


cyber security glasgow

NCSC urges UK businesses to bolster cyber defences in response to events in Ukraine

In reaction to the situation in Ukraine, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are urging organisations in the UK to ensure their cyber defences are bolstered.  Their recent press release advises businesses to follow guidance regarding the steps to take when the cyber threat is raised. Whilst there is no need to be alarmed, we […]

02 Mar 2022

Email security: Microsoft blocks billions of emails

Phishing emails – where criminals attempt to trick users into disclosing information or installing malware – is on the rise. Microsoft’s recent announcement that they blocked 1000 malicious emails per second during 2021 (almost 40 billion emails)  highlights the vast scale of this problem. While Microsoft’s success in blocking these emails is great news, businesses […]

Azure Fundamentals success!

Congratulations to Ben, our newest recruit, who has added the Azure Fundamentals course to the collection of courses he has passed since joining RedMosquito.  Our Operations Director, Ricky, has presented Ben with some bubbly to toast his success! All of our engineers have Personal Development Plans in place, where they work through courses to develop […]