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Configuring the Identity Verification App For Microsoft

This guide will walk you through setting up the identity verification application for your Microsoft account. This will give you an extra step in ensuring that no one else can log into your Microsoft account without your knowledge.

Step 1

Sign in to your Microsoft account via the link below:

https://login.microsoftonline.com

Step 2

In the top right-hand corner of your account home page you will see a profile picture or an icon displaying your initials. Click on it and then click on My Account in the menu that appears.

Step 3

A new page opens where you can choose from tabs to edit your personal account information for general information, change your plan, change security settings, change notification settings and edit your connected applications Click on Security.

Step 4

In the Security basics tab you may change your password, update your security information and review recent activity pertaining to when you have signed in. Just below these options you will find an option for exploring more security options. Click the link within the statement “Explore more security options to help keep your account secure.

Step 5

You are now presented with the Additional Security Options page where you can complete a number of different tasks. You can set up 2 Step Verification, set up an identity verification app and set up recovery codes. In the event that you loose a device on which your account is stored, you can also remove all of the trusted devices associated with your account.

Step 6

A dialog box will then be presented with the option to get the Microsoft Authenticator App to send to your device. Click the button labeled Get It Now to retrieve the application.

Step 7

Once you have clicked Get It Now you will be presented with a form to enter the mobile number for the device that you would like to install the Authenticator App on. Choose the appropriate region and enter your number before clicking the button labeled as Send Link.

Step 8

Once you have installed the Microsfot Authenitcator applciation on your device you will then need to sign in to the application with your credentials. See the following video clips which show the process for signing in to the application.

Step 9

Once you have installed the Authentication application on your device you can now proceed on screen in your browser. You will see a dialog box which states “Finish setting up passwordless sign-in”. Click Next.

Step 10

Now you’re ready to go. In the following dialog box click Finish.

How it works

Now, anytime you log in to your Microsoft account you will have an extra step of approving login’s via the Authenticator App. You will be presented with the following prompts. One in your browser and the other on your mobile device.

Approve Sign In Prompt In Browser

You will see this prompt in your browser when you are attempting to sign in or access a certain page that requires approval from your Authenticator app.

Approve Sign In Prompt In Authenticator App

On your mobile device you will see the following prompt. Once you click Approve you will gain access.

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