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How to Enter 2-Step Verification Using Hotmail?

Cyber crimes and hackers are at an all time high. Several complicated methodologies have come into existence that enables hackers to ascertain even the well-constructed passwords. That begs the question, are the passwords enough? Before an answer was construed, hotmail and other email services came up with two-step verification, also referred by its technical name, two-factor authentication or 2FA.

Before we jump into the methodology to apply 2-factor authentication to hotmail, Hotmail technical support suggests it might be prudent to know-“What is two-step verification?”

What is two-step verification?

As the name suggests, two-step authentication adds an extra layer of digital authentication by the means of digital signature. This new layer was put in place to protect the users from the bane of internet; the hackers.

In a simple sense, this methodology of confirmation goes beyond mere password/username combination authentication. And because hackers try to access these two credentials, two-step verification might as well by-pass the hackers. For it entails another requirement off you in addition to “What you know?” it is also “what you have?”

How does Microsoft provide this two-layer protections service?

Hotmail implements three methodologies to avail this service:
  1. Alternate email: The authentication link is sent to the alternate email user has entered in case of emergencies. 
  2. Phone number: A text message to authenticate the process. 
  3. Authentication through app: We now live in the world of miniscule applications with large functionalities; authentication is one of them. Following the trend, apps are available for this process. 
How can you set up two-step verification for your hotmail account?

 The following are the steps that will enable to make your hotmail account more secure:

1. Setting up verification through an alternate email address. 
  • Go to login.live.com, here you have to get access to your account’s security settings. 
  • Once accessing security settings, click on the “Set-up two step verification link”
  • Then->next
  • From the given options, select “an alternate Email address” and enter the requisite detail
  • Then click on next
  • At this point Microsoft would’ve sent you a unique code.
  • Input the requested code while signing in through the alternate address. 
  • Click on Next
  • Click on finish to accomplish the task.
2. Authentication using phone number:
  • The initial steps are same as using an email as a verification platform, but instead of an alternate Email address, you must input your phone number. 
  • Microsoft sends a unique code to the registered phone
  • Enter the code into the requested space and then click next.
  • Click on “Finish” to complete the task.
3. Authentication using the app
There are varied apps available for different mobile platforms. Therefore, for the sake of simplicity, we are going to employ windows phone in the following methodology
  • Go to our website and download install the Authenticator App.
  • Launch the titular app
  • Here, you have to add a new account, click on ‘+’ to do the same. 
  • Now, you have to input the barcode. Tap on the camera button to do a barcode scan and pair the device, 
  • Type in the code generated. 
  • Click finish to finish the verification. 
The first two ways are easy to understand and apply. As for the third; at Hotmail Customer Support, we understand that there are other mobile platforms. Therefore, for further information contact our support on our toll free number 1-800-875-509 for more information. 

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