Microsoft has introduced a new identity theft protection tool aimed at helping Azure user data stay safe online .
Entra Verified ID helps Azure AD customers authenticate individuals’ personal and professional claims, allowing users to edit, request, and verify credentials that represent employment, education, or similar evidence.
In a blog post announcing the new feature, Ankur Patel , head of Identity Security at Microsoft , stated that free and paid Azure AD customers can choose how users can design and publish their verifiable credentials, as well as choose when and with whom they share it.
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Each credential is signed with cryptographic keys only owned and controlled by the user. Patel notes that these credentials will remain valid even if the issuing organization no longer exists . In addition, these credentials are standards-based, making it easy for developers to integrate them into their products. Apps can request and authenticate credentials through APIs that are part of the service.
Patel also said that customers can use Microsoft Authenticator to manage and present these credentials . If their credentials are lost or stolen, they can also be recovered using a mnemonic-based scheme.
The main goal of the Microsoft Entra project , an identity management platform, is to radically simplify digital identity management and verification by offering many functions for enterprise customers and consumers.
Microsoft used the following statements in the introduction:
“Our interconnected world requires a flexible model where people, organizations, applications and even smart devices can make real-time access decisions.
We must develop and expand our capabilities to support all the scenarios our customers face.”