#1 By: howtogeek, April 10th, 2013 14:25
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.
#2 By: Lowell Heddings, April 10th, 2013 14:30
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:
#3 By: Dan Nowak, April 10th, 2013 15:57
It's already working. changed to add mobile phone on my accounts. ven works in Linux.
#4 By: 2Noob2BTrue, April 11th, 2013 21:36
I don't have a smartphone.
#5 By: Vala Zadeh, April 16th, 2013 16:57
I'm still waiting for the promised Skype for outlook.com. Any ideas on when it will come?
#6 By: Jeff Atwood, April 16th, 2013 17:43
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..
#7 By: Lowell Heddings, April 16th, 2013 17:50
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.
#8 By: 2Noob2BTrue, April 16th, 2013 20:59
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.
#9 By: Rick P., April 16th, 2013 21:08
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.