Whether you have a Hotmail account or an MSN account, part of the vamped up security features of MSN is the two step verification process that has been introduced in all of MSN email services. Hotmail being a part of the MSN offerings, this is a verification process that Hotmail users need to abide by as well. This will surely make life more difficult as it involves the following:
- You would need to key in your password as you do when you sign into your Hotmail account.
- You would need to provide a phone number as well as an alternate email address for the second setup verification to be done.
- When you opt for the two step verification process, you will need to key in your password as well as type in the code that is sent to your phone as the second step verification process. It might also be sent to your alternate email address.
Many users are grumbling that it would make signing in more time consuming than before. However this 2-step verification will not be done all the time. You can still save time by keeping your password saved or checking the option to stay logged in at a specific computer system.
The two step verification feature is apt for the enhanced security measures that Microsoft has adopted, soon after Gmail took up such a feature for its users. This security aspect is also needed as the same ID is now being used by users to log onto main services in Windows phone, Xbox Live, SkyDrive, instant messenger and other services. Even though it is a bit tedious to have to verify the code as well as type in the password, it will help to keep your accounts secure and prevent hackers from trying to access your account.
Many Hotmail users are wondering whether they should enable the two step verification process in their Hotmail account. This should be done as your credentials provide more facilities today and hence are more useful to hackers. If they are able to use malware to catch your username and password, they will not be able to key in the code as they will not know the alternate email address or your phone number in most probability.
If you wish to enable the 2-step verification process in your Hotmail account, you need to do the following:
- Log onto your Hotmail.com account.
- Find the security information details under the settings tab.
- You will find the link here to set up the two step verification process.
In most cases, you will be asked to choose which of the options you prefer, whether the code should be sent to your phone number registered with Hotmail or the alternate email address you have provided. Such a process will be encountered every time you forget your password or simply when you are logging into your email account after having signed in for long. Microsoft is ensuring better security for its Hotmail and other users by incorporating the two step verification process.