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Microsoft’s two-step verification a welcome feature

Business Technology | October 28, 2013

Want to safeguard your online accounts from hackers? Try two-step verification. Under this type of system, you first log onto your accounts with a traditional password. But that’s just the first step. You must also enter a passcode or some other form of identification to complete the log-on process. And the good news? Microsoft has introduced two-step verification for its accounts. And, as writer Ed Rhee writes in a recent column for CNET, computer users who want to protect themselves from hackers should sign up for it.

Roll out

As Rhee writes, Microsoft unveiled its own two-step verification process in mid-April. If you enable it, you’ll first have to enter a password to log onto your Microsoft accounts. Once you do that, you’ll need to take one more step: entering a personal security code to complete the log-in process.

Security code

To get your personal security code, you tell Microsoft either to e-mail it to you or send you the code using your mobile device. You can also use a Microsoft app to retrieve a security code. Once you have the code, you enter it, to complete the log-in process.

Why two-step?

It’s true that two-step verification does take more time. But it’s relatively easy for the savviest of hackers to crack passwords. Accounts protected only by passwords, then, are way too vulnerable. Adding a security code will mean that most hackers will pass by your accounts and go after the ones that are less secure.


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