Two-step Authentication in Hotmail

Like Gmail and Facebook, Microsoft provides 2-step security verification to safeguard its mail accounts (Hotmail or Outlook) for the customers. Security verification is a necessary setting after you registered your Microsoft account. It hinders any hackers from logging in using your identity even they have your password. Whenever signing in from a suspected device, you will be prompted to enter a security code.

Before starting the authentication procedure, you should provide your phone number or an alternate email ID.

How to enable two-step authentication on Hotmail or Outlook

  1. Go to the Security basics page. Click Sign in. It's in the upper-right corner of the page.

 Two step authentication in Hotmail

  1. Enter your Hotmail/Outlook email address then click Next
  1. Enter your password and click Sign in. See also: Hotmail Sign in.
  2. Scroll down and select more security options.

 How to enable two-step authentication in Hotmail/Outlook

  1. You are now required to verify your identity. You can verify your account via SMS or a phone call. Click to select your preferred method.

 Two-step verification in Outlook or Hotmail

  1. You may be required to enter the last 4 digits of your phone number. If so, enter it into the text box in the middle of the page then click Send code.

 account verification

  1. Check your phone for Identity Verification Code. Enter it into the Code box and click Verify.

 account verification

  1. Click Set it up later
  1. Under Two-step verification, click Set up two-step verification.

 How to set up two-step verification in Hotmail

  1. Click Next
  1. Click the down arrow button to select the option that you want to verify your identity. Follow the instructions then click Next.

 Two-step authentication in Hotmail

  1. Enter the code that has been sent to your phone number or your alternate email address. Then click Next.

 How to enable two-step verification in Hotmail

  1. Click Next.
  2. Click Finish.

Done! You have successfully completed two-step authentication for your Hotmail account!

If you turn on two-step verification, you’ll get a security code to your email, phone, or authenticator app every time you sign in on a device that isn't trusted.

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