Security Tips: Two-Factor Authentication for Google and Microsoft

  • 25 October 2013
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One sometimes-overlooked security measure, that everyone should be using (particularly if you're using services from the likes of Google and/or Microsoft) is two-factor authentication. Below is a quick overview of how to setup two factor authentication for your Google and Microsoft accounts:
1. Google

  • After signing into your Google account, click 'Account'.
  • Click 'Security' on the left tan and then click 'Edit' under '2-Step Verification'. This will take you to the '2 Step Verification' settings page.
  • Follow the step-by-step guide as you go through the setup process.
For more details (including how to easily setup two-factor authentication on your Android device, check out this Google support page)

2. Microsoft

You have a Microsoft account if you use services like Skydrive,, Xbox Live, etc...and two-factor authentication is a great aid in helping this account not get compromised. Here is how to set up two-factor authentication for your Microsoft account:

  • Visit and login.
  • After you're logged in, select 'Security Info' on the left hand side.
  • Microsoft may ask you to verify your identity (they'll send you a security code via text or call or email depending on the info you provided when you first set up your account).
  • Select the preferred option to get this security code and click 'Next'.
  • Enter the code on the next screen and click 'Submit'. You can now access your security settings.
  • Find the 'Two Step Verification heading and click 'Set up two-step verification.
  • Microsoft will take you through the process.
For the full detailed instructions, check out the original post, courtesy of PC World.


(Source: PCWorld)


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