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Reminder: Multi-Factor Authentication Can Save Your Bacon

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Quick Tips, Security Help

Last night I had one of those experiences that made me glad that I took my own advice. (Because sometimes I don’t)  I received a text from Microsoft letting me know that someone had accessed my Outlook account from a new device. They wanted to know if this person was me.  Since it was not, I was able to immediately lock the account. Then I went to my PC to log on and change the password. I had a notice about the unauthorized log-in through my Windows 10 notifications and in the form of an email at my alternate email address.


This quick action was possible because I made sure that Microsoft had a working phone number where they could text me and an alternate email address to contact me in case of an issue. If an account offers you the option to put in a phone number or an alternate email address, make sure you do it.  That one simple step can prevent a nightmare.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Reminder: Multi-Factor Authentication Can Save Your Bacon”

  1. Gloria says:

    How can you set up two step verification ?

  2. EZgoing says:

    I have zero issues with giving most of these sites (reliable sites) my phone number, but rarely will they accept a land line number as they want my cell phone number. We live in a dead zone and rarely use the phone for anything other than a on the road emergency or to find out if we need bread or milk LOL… Yes, most of America is covered by cell service, but NOT ALL OF US are….

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