The two-step verification is one of the best ways to protect your accounts, and email or otherwise. In this way it is not enough to have the password to log in, but physical access is also required from the mobile phone of the owner of that account. Therefore, it is advisable to activate two-step verification of your Microsoft account as soon as possible, in order to secure your Hotmail, Office, Skype and all services of this company.
Setup is fairly straightforward, and you can do it in minutes from any PC with internet access, although, from now on, logging into your account will be a bit slower, all for security.
I recommend that you do the same with your Google account too, especially if you have an Android phone.
Usually the authentication SMS arrives within seconds, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Here’s how to set up Outlook and Microsoft 2-Step Verification .
Log into your Microsoft account
The first step in setting up this extra security measure is, of course, logging into your Microsoft account. To do this you need to go to this link and enter your address and password.
This will surely be the last time you will be able to log in this way, because when you manage to activate the authentication you will have to wait for a code to arrive via SMS on your mobile.
Then you have to download the Microsoft Authenticator app for Android and iOS, configure it by entering your login data. Then, identify yourself with the code that you will receive via SMS on your mobile phone. Once the app is set up, continue with the tutorial.
Open all security options and set up verification
Automatically, you will go to the main page of your Microsoft account. To enable 2-Step Verification, you need to go to the Update Security Info menu, where you can change your password.
You definitely won’t see authentication anywhere, this is because you have to click on More Security Options at the bottom of the screen.
As a last step, select Activate 2-Step Verification and confirm your mobile number.