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Microsoft Working on Two-Step Authentication Process

Liveside reports that Microsoft plans introduce a two-step verification system for Microsoft Account, meaning users will need more than just a user name and password in order to sign in once the feature goes live.

According to the report, Microsoft has already launched an Authenticator app on the Windows Phone Store, indicating that this boost in account security could take place in the near future. This is undoubtedly an important security move on Microsoft's part given that Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and likely the upcoming Xbox Infinity console now connects to one user account.

"Two-step verification adds an extra layer of protection to your account," the company states in a screenshot provided in the report. "When you sign in with your password, you'll need to enter an additional security code that we provide only to you. Some apps don't work with these security codes. When you're done setting up, we'll help you get your apps working again."

Unlike Google's two-step process which sends a pre-generated code to the user's phone via a text message, Microsoft's method requires the user to install an Authenticator app on the smartphone (like Blizzard's Barttle.net). Simply launch the app and enter the code when prompted. Apps that currently don't support the two-step process will need a special password generated from the Microsoft Account website.

"The Authenticator app generates security codes you can use to help keep your Microsoft account secure," the Authenticator app's description reads. "You can add your Microsoft account to the app by scanning a barcode or by manually entering a secret key. The app implements industry-standard security code generation and may also work with other services and providers."

So far it's unknown when Microsoft plans to introduce the new two-step authentication process, but we'll likely know more once BUILD 2013 arrives this June. The two-step feature may even be part of Microsoft's Windows Blue rollout slated to begin this summer.

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  • internetlad
    inb4 apple steals, patents it.
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  • bee144
    10647139 said:
    inb4 apple steals, patents it.

    You realize apple came out with two step verification that allows you to use any of your iOS devices to approve account actions? It's been a month since its release. Way to hate though.

    Of course google has had the feature for awhile.
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  • warezme
    What's a Barttle net?
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  • jefe323
    I guess if you don't have a smartphone you're just SoL
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  • jefe323
    I guess if you don't have a smartphone you're just SoL
    Reply
  • jefe323
    I guess if you don't have a smartphone you're just SoL
    Reply
  • jefe323
    I guess if you don't have a smartphone you're just SoL
    Reply
  • janetonly42
    MS a subsidiary of the FED. F of MS and take your stuff with you.
    Reply
  • balister
    10647246 said:
    10647139 said:
    inb4 apple steals, patents it.

    You realize apple came out with two step verification that allows you to use any of your iOS devices to approve account actions? It's been a month since its release. Way to hate though.

    Of course google has had the feature for awhile.

    You do realize that two factor authenication has been around for years right? What do you think the primary business of RSA and a few others is? Apple is no where near the first to implement something like this (neither is Google nor MS).
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  • memadmax
    Damn dude, more reason to hang on to Win7 for a while yet....
    Reply