The year 2013 hasn’t been the greatest year for Internet Security. With the news about NSA Spying and multiple internet hacks, privacy on the Internet is getting harder to achieve every passing day. Microsoft has been working hard behind the scenes, listening to your feedback and making your Windows experience as secure as possible. They released a number of security updates which will be gradually rolled out over the next couple of weeks that make your Internet endeavours a lot more secure.
New security features in Microsoft Account
Here is a list of some of the new security features that have been added to Microsoft Account.
Microsoft had already released 2 Step Verification for Microsoft accounts in the past, which in our opinion is the biggest wall you can put up between you and the hackers. When using 2 Step Verification, you rely on two sets of passwords. One is your default password that you assign yourself and other is a security code sent to you via e-mail, SMS, phone call, or an authenticator app on your mobile device. While it is a very useful feature, you might be stuck in an area without Cell reception making you unable to access the internet or revive the code via SMS. But now with Recovery Codes, you don’t have to worry about that. You can now create a Recovery Code when you have access to your account and use it to access your account when other security information doesn’t work. You can request a Recovery Code by going into ‘Security Info‘ from your Microsoft account.
From the Recent Activity menu of your Microsoft Account settings, you can now view a detailed log of all your sign in activities across different devices and platforms. You can view successful and unsuccessful sign-ins, the addition and deletion of security information and more. When you click on an activity you get a detailed description about the IP address of the PC or device used, the type of device and operating system it was running and which browser or app was used to access your Microsoft account. If it wasn’t you who made the log in attempt, you can click the “This wasn’t me” button which will guide through the process of securing your account. If on the other hand you are prompted about unusual activity on your Microsoft account while it was you who was accessing it. Click the “This was me” button and the log in location will be added to the safe list.
You now have a much larger control over the security notifications that you get. If you have multiple e-mail accounts and Phone numbers linked to a single Microsoft account, you can customize which portals get a security notifications and which don’t. This should decrease the information overload significantly. You can customize the Security notifications by going into Notifications -> Security from your Microsoft Account.
The security features will start rolling out to users in batches, so you might have to wait some time before you have access to them, says Microsoft.
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