If you’ve had a password hacked recently, you aren’t alone.
The volume of password attacks has soared to an estimated 921 attacks every second. That’s a 74% rise in one year, according to the latest Microsoft Digital Defense Report.
Big technology firms including Microsoft would prefer the world of passwords is eradicated, and they’ve been making changes for an online future that is less reliant on the vulnerable security step.
Microsoft users can already securely gain access to Windows, Xbox, and Microsoft 365 without using a password through apps like Microsoft Authenticator, and technologies including fingerprints or facial recognition. But many people still rely on passwords, and don’t even use the two-factor authentication now considered critical.
“As long as passwords are still part of the equation, they’re vulnerable,” Joy Chik, Microsoft’s vice president of identity, wrote in a September 2021 company blog post.
Here are six ways to stay protected.