Microsoft Authenticator is an app that enables two-factor authentication on supported apps and websites. It’s harder to beat two-factor authentication (2FA) than just adding a password to your account. Therefore, many cybersecurity companies recommend setting up 2FA for all the services you use.
2FA is a procedure by which services are required to verify their identity in two different ways. For example, apps that support 2FA will want to offer you a one-time passcode (OTP) in addition to your account password.
Configuring two-factor authentication is very easy with Microsoft Authenticator. Let’s take a look.
Download and install Microsoft Authenticator.
To get started, download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app from your phone’s App Store. When downloading the app, make sure you have a Microsoft account, as you must have one to use Microsoft Authenticator.
It only takes a few minutes to sign up for a Microsoft account, so if you don’t have one, create one now on the Microsoft website.
After installing Microsoft Authenticator, open it and sign in with your Microsoft account. While signing in, the app will ask you to verify your identity through the secondary methods you set up when you created your Microsoft account. Select the method you have set up and follow the instructions. For example, if you are using a phone number as a secondary method, click on it and enter the verification code sent to your number.
Microsoft Authenticator will now be enabled.
One last thing to note before you go into the app: Whenever you want to change any security settings, you’ll need to sign in to your account. With Microsoft Authenticator running, you will receive a notification on your phone that you need to open and enter your phone’s lock screen passcode.
Download: Microsoft Authenticator for Android | iOS (free)
Using Microsoft Authenticator to set up 2FA on a Microsoft account
To verify two factors on your Microsoft account, go to the Microsoft account website and log in.
Next, visit. Settings> Advanced Security Options> Additional Security And turn on two-step verification.
Before you can turn on two-step verification, you need to make sure your account security information is up to date. Follow the on-screen instructions to make sure everything is in order. Press Next When you are ready.
Make a note of the recovery code that pops up on the screen and type it somewhere. Next Again
Finally, configure the other apps following the on-screen instructions. If you use Outlook on an Android phone, press Next again. Otherwise, follow the on-screen instructions to create a passcode for apps that do not support two-factor authentication. Then, again, press Next.
After completing the setup, press. To finish.
Now you need to sign in again, so do it.
If you do not want to enable 2-Step Verification, you can enable the option without a password for your Microsoft account. The option uses the Microsoft Authenticator app to log you in. After turning it on, you don’t need to remember the password and you can just log in with your phone.
Two-factor authentication is more secure … but it’s not foolproof.
With the number of security breaches and ransomware attacks increasing all the time, login methods such as two-factor authentication are critical to protecting your online identity. These methods provide an extra layer of security on top of your password.
That said, two-factor authentication is not foolproof. For example, state-of-the-art fraud scams can trick you into revealing two-factor credentials.
To combat this, you need to follow the best practices to strengthen your online security. For example, set a strong password, don’t use the same password for all your accounts, and don’t visit suspicious sites, among other things.
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