Microsoft has this week announced that it has started rolling out extra security to its online Office services in the form of Office 365 two factor authentication.
Microsoft has finally joined other online service providers such as Google, Dropbox and more who have already implemented two factor authentication, for their users to enjoy.
Microsoft explained in this press release today that it will be rolling out the new Office 365 two factor authentication on Office 365 accounts to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
The Office 365 two factor authentication feature will enable users to add additional security to their accounts and Office 365 services by adding additional contact points such as inactive notifications on their mobile devices, voice calls or text messages. The code is then paired with the successful entry of a password to access user accounts. Microsoft’s Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Office 365 explains:
“Multi-factor authentication increases the security of user logins for cloud services above and beyond just a password,”- “With Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message, or an app notification on their smartphone after correctly entering their password.”
For more information on the new Office 365 two factor authentication jump over to the Office Blog website for details.