Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/150084/microsoft-accounts-due-to-receive-two-factor-authentication-soon/
With the increasing focus on improving user account security, two-factor authentication has become a ‘must have’ feature for many popular online services. Following the lead of other companies Microsoft will soon join them in offering the feature to help better secure user accounts.
Every email account should have two-factor authentication as an option. Personally, I refuse to use any email account that doesn't have that option.
Two-factor might be annoying and unnecessary for some people, but for anybody that wants to keep their online life secure, using two-factor for your email account is critically important.
Here's a great HTG article that explains a lot more about it:
It's already working. changed to add mobile phone on my accounts. ven works in Linux.
I don't have a smartphone.
I'm still waiting for the promised Skype for outlook.com. Any ideas on when it will come?
I believe most, if not all, 2 factor auth providers support text message codes as well.
I pray you have a phone that supports SMS text messaging..
There are a couple that only have integrated the Google Authenticator, I think my DreamHost backup account is restricted to that unless they recently changed it.
In general though, I prefer the text message method, since it's nice and easy and simple.
Landline phones in my area don't provide SMS. In my line of work, phones aren't needed much. 2 business calls/week is about average.
If you live in US and have to deal with the Government much, a Land Line is essential plus Fax for Security.
I have a Fax Card in all my machines.
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