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How to Set Up Multifactor Authentication on Your Windows 11

Multifactor authentication is an important security measure that can help protect your Windows account from being hacked. By requiring more than one form of authentication, it makes it much harder for attackers to gain access to your account. We created this post to let you know how to set up multifactor authentication on your Windows 11 using Microsoft’s Authenticatior App.

There are many different ways to set up multifactor authentication on your Windows. One popular option is to use a physical token, such as a USB key, in addition to your password. Another option is to use biometric authentication, such as fingerprint or iris scanning, in the same way, you can also use Microsoft Authenticator App, a secure soft token application to generate 6 digit soft tokens.

No matter which method you choose, multifactor authentication can give you an extra layer of protection against authentication attacks. If you’re not using it already, be sure to consider turning it on for your Windows account today.

What is Multifactor Authentication?

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is an authentication method in which a user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (or “factors”) to an authentication mechanism.

The most common form of MFA combines something the user knows (usually a username and password) with something the user has (usually a physical token such as a key fob or smartphone). Other forms of MFA can replace the second factor with something the user is, such as fingerprint biometrics or iris scanning.

MFA is sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) or three-factor authentication (3FA), depending on the number of factors used.

Why Should You Enable Multifactor Authentication?

MFA is an important security measure because it makes it much harder for attackers to gain access to systems and data. Even if an attacker manages to learn a user’s password, they would still need to have possession of the physical token in order to log in. This makes MFA a very effective deterrent against attacks such as phishing, brute force attacks, and social engineering.

MFA can be used to protect any type of online account, including email accounts, social media accounts, financial accounts, and cloud-based applications. Many organizations require MFA for employees who need to access sensitive data or systems.

While MFA does add an extra layer of security, it is important to remember that no security measure is perfect. Users should still be vigilant about protecting their passwords and watching for signs of account compromise. Additionally, MFA should be combined with other security measures, such as data encryption, to further reduce the risk of data breaches.

Same applies to Windows 11 either. It is important to set up multifactor authentication on your Windows 11. Let’s see how to set up multifactor authentication on your Windows 11 in the coming section.

How to Set Up Multifactor Authentication on Your Windows 11 Using Microsoft Authenticator App?

Multifactor authentication is an important security measure that can help protect your account from being hacked. Microsoft’s Authenticator app can be used to set up multifactor authentication on your Windows 11 device. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up and use the Authenticator app to add an extra layer of security to your account.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Let’s see the step-by-step procedure to set up multifactor authentication on your Windows 11

  1. Multi Factor Authentication for Microsoft Account

    Lets begin the configuring the MFA by login in to the Microsoft Account and click on ‘Security‘ tabMicrosoft Account login and the security settings

  2. Selecting Advanced Security Options

    Selecting Advanced Security OptionsAdvanced security options in Microsoft account

  3. Selecting additional ways to verify or sign in

    Under Advanced Security Options page, click on ‘Add a new way to sign in or verify‘ to add  additional ways to verify or sign in.Adding new way to verify or sign in

  4. We have 5 different ways to verify or sign in

    * Using Microsoft Authenticator App
    * Email a code
    * Using face, fingerprint or a PIN
    * Using USB, Bluetooth or NFC device
    * Send a text code to the registered phoneAvailable ways to configure verify and sign in

  5. Enable Two-step verification

    Under Additional security , we have ‘Two-step verification‘ is ‘Off‘ and click on ‘Turn on‘ to configure it.Enabling 'Two-step verification' under 'Additional security'

  6. Follow the steps to install the Authenticator app in your phone and click on ‘Finish’ when setup completes.

    Completing the Authenticator setup

  7. Now Two-step verification status is ‘ON’ under ‘Additional security‘.Two-step verification status

  8. Configure to sign in to Microsoft account without password

    Navigate to Advanced Security Options page, click on ‘Add a new way to sign in or verify‘.Adding new way to verify or sign in (1)

  9. Ways to verify or sign in

    Select an option ‘Use an appSelect 'Use an app' in available ways to configure verify and sign in

  10. Choose an option to ‘Add a new Android phone‘karun

    Choose an option to 'Add a new Android phone'

  11. Scan the QR code from Authenticator App to add the account.

    QR scan from authenticator app to add the account

  12. Now we see multiple ways to verify or sign in.

    Configured ways to verify and sign in for Microsoft account

That’s all.

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Arun KL

Hi All, I am Arun KL, an IT Security Professional. Founder of “thesecmaster.com”. Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Writer, Editor, Author at TheSecMaster. To know more about me. Follow me on LinkedIn

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