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Microsoft two factor security now active

Microsoft has added two-step verification to services like Outlook.com, Messenger and SkyDrive, and to sync all your settings between devices.

Two-step verification, also called two-factor authentication relies on 2 things, something you know: Your password and something you have, your cellphone.

Two-step verification is a very important security feature, as it makes it very hard for a third party to access your account even if they have your username and password.

Once you turn it on,  you’ll be asked to enter an additional piece of information (besides your username and password) to access your account, such as a code sent to a phone.

Microsoft also offers an authenticator app for Windows Phone, which allows you to receive the two-step verification code even if you’re offline.

Two step verification may sound like a big hassle, but you can choose not to be asked for a security code on devices you regularly use. Of course that kind of defeats the purpose. Microsoft will only ask you for a code if you don’t use the device for 60 days.

Other companies that offer a two-step verification including Google and Apple, others will follow along.

The two-step verification option for Microsoft accounts, is now available to all users.

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