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The benefits of two-factor authentication, otherwise known as 2FA to global communities across the Web, are vast.
As cybercrime rates continue to climb, users must take action to prevent their data and identities from being stolen and thrown into the cyber void.
The additional step that two-factor authentication requires of users helps ensure account security in the event of a data breach, requiring them to verify their identities through PIN numbers sent via SMS opt-in, tapping a “Verify” button via the platform’s App, by answering more advanced security questions, entering driver’s license or credit card numbers, scanning their fingerprint via Biometrics, etc.
In the event of a data breach, using two-factor authentication helps to keep your information on lock, while using it day-to-day keeps things simpler for your individual and team flow.
Two-factor authentication sets a new security standard that creates more comfort and confidence for you when you’re online, and, in today’s digital world, we know most people rack up at least a few hours of screen time per day.
So, two-factor authentication enablement is no consideration to take lightly.
To learn more about these methods and the benefits, read, “The Benefits of Using Two-Factor Authentication to Increase Account Security”.
To enable two-factor authentication with your Microsoft accounts, follow these steps:
Currently, Microsoft offers 3 ways for users to set up two-factor account authorization. You can either set it up with a secondary email address, phone number, or configure an authenticator app.
By setting up two-factor authentication with your Microsoft Account, you can prevent cybercriminals from breaking into all of your Microsoft Devices such as your Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive, Office 365, SharePoint, etc.
1. To start, log in to your Microsoft Account at Account.Microsoft.com
2. Once you’re logged in, click on “Security” in the Top Navigation
3. Select “More Security Options”
3. Under “Two-Step Verification”, choose “Set Up Two-Step Verification” to turn it on – if you ever want to turn it off, you simply click “Turn Off Two-Step Verification”
4. Follow Microsoft’s prompts/instructions to complete the process
You will be finished setting up your Microsoft Accounts’ two-factor authentication once you click “Finish”, and are taken back to the same screen shown in Step 3, called “Additional Security Options”.
If you now see that “Set up Two-Step Verification” has changed to “Turn Off Two-Step Verification”, you will know you’ve done it right!
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