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Microsoft's New Two-Factor Authentication Sign-In Process

Apr 18 2013, 4:50am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Microsoft's New Two-Factor Authentication Sign-In Process

In the past it used to be as simple as a username and password. But now an additional piece of information has been encoded called "Two-step Verification". This is to beef up the security of Microsoft’s sign-in portal.

Microsoft announced today a new two-factor authentication sign in process for its more than 700 million users around the world. Authentication issues have always plagued the world of computers. The number of hackers is inversely proportional to the strength of the passwords. This is the reason that Microsoft has decided to introduce a two-step verification method. This is to create better security for the sake of users.  It makes users more confident that there data is secured.

Microsoft is the third in a series of companies who have used this alternative. Google and Facebook already have the facility. The two-step identification will be a major progress over previous attempts. Hundreds of millions around the world use Microsoft’s tools. Among these new devices are: Skype, Xbox, Outlook and Skydrive. And these are just a few examples. The surveillance has increased and a far more confidential outlook has been approved of. A single account now joins together every aspect of your digital world. There are mutineers on deck in cyberspace. It is because of them that updates are necessary.

The two-step verification is a simple process. You enter your password. Simultaneously you are asked for a code of information. The barriers to hackers and cyber-criminals are doubled thereby. Thus you have added protection in return for a small price in matters of complexity. What you get as a pay-off from these two actions is an enormous amount of benefits. No one can touch your sign-in immune system. Microsoft’s dual action agency has the six figure code as a secondary last ditch stand against hackers. This is the good news.

The bad news is that some other competitors have beaten it to the finish line. As previously mentioned Google and Facebook have the features already. Microsoft is just following in their footsteps. Therefore it cannot be said to be very original. Rather the decision seems to stem from privacy issues. There are a few extra miles one has to go in the authentication process. It does not come free of cost. The hassles include authorization of your phone beforehand. Then there is software and programs that enter your account. Finally, you need your phone with you to enter the account which can be an irritant.

All in all, the positive points equal the drawbacks. So it is a fair bet to make. You get a facility that will vigilantly protect your account information. In return all you have to do is add a six digit code to the username. Fair and square and you can get from here to there.

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