Microsoft accounts will begin to be overhauled by the company over the next few days. The overhaul will include a security upgrade that is deemed to be critical. This upgrade will introduce two-step verification, and it aims to help prevent hackers from accessing Microsoft accounts via internet providers. The process resembles that of other major companies like Facebook and Google.
Microsoft had previously used two-step verification for customers using their credit cards at the company’s commerce and Xbox sites, in addition to SkyDrive accounts. Although optional, many are recommending the upgrade, as it will help secure access to your Microsoft account across several platforms which include desktop as well as mobile and the web. Two-step verification makes it difficult to access any account without having both pieces of information that are required to enter.