Set up Two Factor Authentication with Microsoft and Google

Two Factor Authentication (sometimes called TFA) is a brilliant way to secure your online accounts.  Having a long, secure, and unique password for each service is a must, but two-factor authentication can make your accounts almost completely uncrackable.

The way TFA works is that when you sign in, a second authentication method is used to confirm your identity.  This method is separate from the device you are using to sign-in, so for example you might receive an SMS text message to your phone, or get an automated security call.  Another useful method is to set up an Authenticator app on your smartphone or laptop, and you can download these for Microsoft (Windows, Android, iOS), and Google (Android, iOS) as these apps can be used to store authentication details securely.

Microsoft

To set up two factor authentication on your Microsoft account, visit account.microsoft.com and click on Security and More security options.  Here you will presented with Two-step verification options which you can use to set up TFA on your account.

Google

For Google visit account.google.com and click on Sign-in & security to reveal the option to activate 2-step verification.  Just as with Microsoft it’s a quick and simple walk-through process.

With two-factor authentication activated on your Microsoft and Google account (and many other companies such as Apple, Twitter and Facebook offer TFA as well) your sign-ins, data, files, and personal information are much safer from hackers, criminals, and anybody who would seek to get access to your online life.

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