Why Microsoft two-step verification is a must

October 28th, 2013

Want to protect your online accounts from hackers? Try two-step verification. Under such a system, you first log onto your accounts with a traditional password. But that’s just the first step. You also need to enter a passcode or some other form of identification to finish 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, people who want to protect themselves from hackers should get it.

Roll out

As Rhee writes, Microsoft announced 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. As soon as you do that, you’ll need to take one more step: entering a personal security code to finish the log-in process.

Security code

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

Why you need this

This might seem like a lot of work to log onto an account. But two-step verification is worth it. It's relatively easy for skilled hackers to crack your password and log onto your Microsoft accounts. However with the addition of a security code you significantly lower the chances of experiencing a hack.