Microsoft recently released a report at the RSA Security Conference, revealing a surprising number. The engineers at Microsoft said 99.9% of hacked Microsoft accounts do not use multi-factor authentication (popularly known as 2FA – two-factor authentication). This is almost every Microsoft account hacked in a single day. Microsoft states that enabling a simple 2FA on Microsoft Account can easily stop automatic account attacks. That’s why we offer you a step-by-step guide on how to enable two-factor authentication on Microsoft account to secure your online experience. It will add an additional layer of security and act as a shield for account takeovers. With that in mind, let’s move on to the steps now.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Microsoft Account
Before we move on to our tutorial, here are more 2FA-related articles you should read to keep your other accounts safe:
- Set Your iPhone as a Security Key for Google’s 2FA
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Use an Android device as a 2FA Physical Security Key
Don’t forget to read the articles linked above and secure your accounts. That said, let’s move on to our tutorial, shall we?
1. First of all, open Microsoft’s Security Go to page andMore Security Options“. If you are not signed in, sign in with your Microsoft account.
2. On the next page, it may ask you to verify your identity again. After doing this,Set up two-step verification“.
3. Click “Next” and proceed. Now one phone number or email account Enter the details from the drop-down menu. Finally, click “Next” to complete the 2FA setup process.
4. It is recommended to get recovery codes in case you lose access to your 2FA account or phone number. In such a scenario, the recovery codes will allow you to sign in to your Microsoft account. Under “recovery codeIn the ” menu, click on “Change Recovery Code” and you will get several recovery codes for immediate use. Make sure you store it in a safe place.
Protect Your Microsoft Account with 2FA
So you can enable 2FA on Microsoft account and protect yourself from account takeovers. If you’re closely involved with Microsoft’s ecosystem, enabling 2FA is a must. Other than that, if you are using Microsoft’s app on your smartphone, you can even set up a hassle-free two-factor authentication using the app, just like Google authentication. Anyway, that’s it for us. If you found the article helpful, comment below and let us know.