As cyberattacks and ransomware continue to dominate the news headlines, keeping our personal information secure is more important than ever. To help prevent private data from getting into the wrong hands, two-factor authentication offers an additional layer of online security.
These measures require users to not only enter their password when accessing accounts, but to also complete an additional step such as providing a one-time code that’s usually generated via an authenticator app. Microsoft Authenticator, available for Android and iOS, is one such app that provides one-time access codes not only for Microsoft accounts and products, but other sites and products that utilize two-factor authentication.
Step 1: Download and install the Microsoft Authenticator app
Visit the Apple app store or Google play store on your device and install the Microsoft Authenticator app. Alternatively, you can visit aka.ms/authapp and download the Microsoft Authenticator app.
Step 2: Add your account to the app
- On your workstation, visit https://aka.ms/mysecurityinfo
- Select Add Method > Authenticator app
- Follow the wizard experience to setup the app
(Scan the QR Code in the app and test the push notification flow as part of this experience. For more information, please see this guidance.)
Step 3: Change default sign-in settings to the Authenticator app
To ensure that you are prompted to sign-in using push notifications:
- Visit https://aka.ms/mysecurityinfo
- Select Default sign-in method > Change> Authenticator – notification
Congratulations! You are now setup with the Microsoft Authenticator app and can receive push notifications for multifactor authentication verification.