How to enable Two-Step Verification in Hotmail?

What is "two-step verification"?

Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) or multifactor authentication, is widely used to add one more layer of security to your Hotmail account. With the support from 2FA, if anyone has the intention of accessing your Hotmail account, they have to steal both your password and phone.

Authentication is divided into 3 types: something you know (a password, PIN, zip code or answer to a question), something you have (a phone, credit card or fob) and something you are (a biometric such as a fingerprint, retina, face or voice). By combining two of the three types of authentication, 2FA makes it harder to get into your account. Your account will become more difficult to be attacked and less attractive target in this way.

How to enable 2-step verification in Hotmail

  1. Click on your name/profile picture in the top right-hand corner and click View Account.

    2 step verification in Hotmail

    From there, click Security.

    And then select “more security options

  2. If it is a requirement to verify your identity before some security changes are made, you have to choose between “Text” or “Call”.

    Hotmail two step verification

    To this point, enter the last 4 digits of your phone number then click Send code.

    2 step authentication Hotmail

    You will get a message or a phone call informing the code. Type it in the box and click Verify.

  3. Click Set it up now to start setting up your 2FA.

    Enable two step authentication in Hotmail

    Choose among Windows phone, Android, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and Others to choose the device that you want to install the app on.

    2 step verification

  4. Set up an authenticator app by following the below steps:

    Hotmail authenticator app

    Click Next then click Finish.

    2 factor authentication Outlook

    You will be redirected to your security settings page. Click Set up two-step verification.

    How to set up 2 step verification in Hotmail

    Click Next till the end and click Finish.

    Turn on or turn off two factor authentication

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