View Full Version : Microsoft Hops On Two-Factor Authentication Bandwagon

April 17th, 2013, 22:28
Following similar initiatives by Apple (http://apple.slashdot.org/story/13/03/22/2048239/apple-makes-two-factor-authentication-available-for-apple-ids), Google (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/02/10/2052235/google-adds-two-factor-authentication-to-gmail) and Facebook (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/05/13/0451222/facebook-adds-two-factor-authentication), Microsoft is enabling two-factor authentication for its Microsoft Account service (http://www.itworld.com/security/352885/microsoft-moves-optional-two-factor-authentication), the log-on service for many of its online and desktop products. Users will find instructions on how to add a second form of authentication on the Microsoft Account settings page. The chief form of secondary authentication will be a short code sent to the user's mobile phone, the number of which Microsoft will keep on file, each time the user logs on.