Most of the online services offer two-step verification or a two-factor verification is to beef up the security against rising account-hacking incidents. Some of the top companies that offer this double layer of security are Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. Instead of traditional username/password authentication to login to your account, two-step verification provides an additional verification level for a more robust account. OTP is a good example of 2-step verification. Even if a person is able to get access of your login credentials, the transaction is not done until an OTP is filled-in by the user. Since OTP is received on your personal phone, it is hard to intrude into two steps of security layers. In this article, I will guide you to setup a two-step verification on your Microsoft account.
Steps to enable two-step verification
Open your Microsoft Account. Input your email ID and click on Next. In the next screen fill your password and press sign in.
Now from the top menu of your account screen, you need to click on Security to explore more security options
In the screen that follow, you can see various options under the heading Security Basics. You need to ignore them and move down the page to find a text link saying more security option. Now click on it. When you press this text-link you will once again be asked to provide your login password.
Select your Alternative email account and again input your alternative email ID. For example, a Yahoo or a Gmail account. Now click on Send Code button.
Now open your alternative email account. Copy and paste the verification code in the next screen as shown below
After you submit the verification code you will get the following screen where you need to click on “Set up two-step verification”.
In the next screen, Microsoft will tell you about various features of two-step verification. Click Next.
In this step, you will be asked to provide the option of the second level of verification. You have the option of receiving a code via mobile phone, an app or an email address. The simple way is to select the phone number.
After you select the phone number option, you need to fill-in your phone number and country code to complete the two-step verification in window 10. You will receive a 4-digit code on the mobile number you have provided. You need to input that number on the next screen to finish the process.
These are the steps to setup two step verification of Microsoft account on a mobile phone. You can also use some apps to do the same. Microsoft has its own authentication app and the other popular app is Google authenticator. I will come with another article on securing Microsoft account with Google authenticator.