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Microsoft Adding New Security Features to Accounts

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Microsoft is beefing up Accounts with added security options.

Eric Doerr, Group Program Manager, Microsoft Account, updated Microsoft's blog with news that the company is rolling out a few new capabilities over the next couple of days that are based on user feedback. The update follows the launch of Microsoft's two-step verification last April, allowing the 700 million members to add an additional layer of access control to their account.

"In the eight months since we released this feature, we've seen impressive adoption. Every day, thousands more users enable this extra protection for their account," writes Doerr. "We're also delighted to see that customers who have turned on two-step verification are less likely to experience illegal activities with their accounts. If you have not yet activated two-step verification, we highly recommend you do."

As for the new features, Microsoft has added a new view that allows account holders to see sign-ins and other account activities. The goal is to give users piece of mind when all is well, and "actionable" information if there's questionable activity that causes concern. This new page shows both successful and unsuccessful sign-ins, the addition and deletion of security information and more. If something doesn't appear right, simply hit the "This wasn't me" button and follow the steps.

Windows Account now also provides recovery codes for those using the two-step authentication process. In the event that something happens to the user's email address and telephone number simultaneously, users can enter a secure recovery code to regain access. Actually, anyone can set up and use security codes whether they're using two-step or not. However, there can be only one recovery code at any given time, he says.

"We've also heard feedback that some of you would like to have more control over how you receive security notifications (e.g. password reset notifications). So we've added the ability for you to choose where we send notifications," writes Doerr. "Again, this is all about giving you greater visibility and control of your account so that we can work together to help keep your information safe."

Microsoft has also updated its guidelines on the best things to do to keep the account safe, which can be read here.

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    Darkk , December 12, 2013 7:50 PM
    Glad Microsoft is taking this very seriously about protecting the accounts. Two factor authentication been around for years.
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    digiex , December 13, 2013 2:07 AM
    "Microsoft is beefing up Accounts with added security options."

    Hackers - "Challenge accepted!"
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    rokit , December 13, 2013 3:33 AM
    Quote:
    "Microsoft is beefing up Accounts with added security options."

    Hackers - "Challenge accepted!"


    Pretty much this lol
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    vgray35 , December 13, 2013 7:57 AM
    This coming from a company that earlier screwed us by providing NSA with customer data! Yeh right, so now I am supposed to believe this extra security layer is not laying the foundations for more sophisticated backdoor access to user information. Sorry the damage is already done - I cannot trust large companies period. Until legislation is passed that criminalizes any pilfering of user date for any purpose, then this will just be nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Large companies can shove it where the sun does not shine - they already proved to us all the depths of depravity they are capable of.
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    vgray35 , December 13, 2013 8:13 AM
    This coming from a company that earlier screwed us by providing NSA with customer data! Yeh right, so now I am supposed to believe this extra security layer is not laying the foundations for more sophisticated backdoor access to user information. Sorry the damage is already done - I cannot trust large companies period. Until legislation is passed that criminalizes any pilfering of user date for any purpose, then this will just be nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Large companies can shove it where the sun does not shine - they already proved to us all the depths of depravity they are capable of.
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    sykozis , December 13, 2013 8:52 AM
    Quote:
    This coming from a company that earlier screwed us by providing NSA with customer data! Yeh right, so now I am supposed to believe this extra security layer is not laying the foundations for more sophisticated backdoor access to user information. Sorry the damage is already done - I cannot trust large companies period. Until legislation is passed that criminalizes any pilfering of user date for any purpose, then this will just be nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Large companies can shove it where the sun does not shine - they already proved to us all the depths of depravity they are capable of.


    The Government isn't going to criminalize an activity that benefits them.

    These measures as being implemented as an attempt to keep those that aren't paying Microsoft for your information, from getting it. Large corporations like MS, Google, Apple, etc all get paid to hand over information to the Gov't so long as they file the reimbursement paperwork or a court order isn't involved.
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