A lot of popular services have often been under security attacks leading to wide spread criticism. Evernote, LinkedIn, Yahoo you name it. Fortunately, taking a cue from these incidents, major players are also upping their game. Apple and Microsoft for instance lately have introduced two step verification to offer an additional layer of protection for the users. Here is a brief tutorial on how to enable two step verification on your Microsoft account.
Setting Up Two Step Authentication for your Microsoft Account
Login to your Microsoft method. Navigate to the account settings by clicking on your name and selecting Account Settings. Now under the Security Info tab select Set up two-step verification option as shown below.
You will be greeted by step by step instructions for setting up two step authentication.
During the process, Microsoft may ask you to provide the authentication code that is sent to your Mobile Number or Email address.
Once you are done, you will be notified of the successful completion of the setup. Note that if any apps refuse to login using your Microsoft account after enabling two-step verification, you may have to generate app passwords.
Logging In the Convenient Way
Now once you have setup two step verification, you will be prompted every time to login using a security code that is sent either to your Email address or your phone via a call or SMS. This is definitely cumbersome and instead we recommend you to setup an authenticator app to generate security codes automatically if you are a smartphone user.
Setting it up
In the Security Info tab, under the Authenticator app section, select Set up.
You will be greeted by a set up page for pairing an authenticator app. Just scan the bar code by the authenticator app and enter the generated code to pair up.
While Windows Phone users have their own app for the purpose Android app users do not have to worry either. Good old Google Authenticator for iOS and Android works just fine for the purpose.
Download: Google Authenticator for iOS
Download: Google Authenticator for Android
Now every time you want to login to your Microsoft account you will be greeted with a prompt asking for code. Just open up your Google Authenticator app, enter the code, and you are good to go. Note that you can turn off two step authentication for selective devices if you use them frequently by clicking on the checkbox during the login.