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Microsoft Authenticator: What it is, how it works, and how to use it! (Latest version)

Microsoft Authenticator is a two-factor authentication security program. It competes directly with Google Authenticator, Authy, LastPass Authenticator, and several others. You can run in the program when you update your Microsoft account settings or submit two-factor verification there. Alternatively, you may only have a TFA available for your own security purposes. Regardless, let's talk about Microsoft Authenticator and how it works. Click the button to download the app at any time. You can also do the iOS version by clicking here. This entire guide works for both the iOS and Android versions of the program.

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What is Microsoft Authenticator?

Microsoft Authenticator is Microsoft's two-factor verification program. It originally started in beta in June 2016. The app works like most others like it. You sign in to an account and the account asks for a code. This program generates those types of codes. It is extremely useful for fast logins, it works cross platform, and is faster than email or text codes.

You can also use the program for no password for your Microsoft account. The program also features multi-account support and support for non-Microsoft sites and services.

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How does Microsoft Authenticator work?

The program works like most other verification programs. It generates & # 39; a string of numbers on a & quot; rotating base of about 30 seconds. In other words, it generates a six digit code every six seconds. You just sign in to your program or service as usual. The site eventually asks for the two-factor verification code. Go to the Microsoft Authenticator program to receive those codes.

It works a bit differently on Microsoft accounts than non-Microsoft accounts. You can actually only use the codes in this program to log in without a password for your Microsoft account. On all other account types (Facebook, Google, etc.), however, you must sign in with your username and password before adding the code.

Microsoft supports any site that uses the TOTP (time-based one-time password) standard. So, the app can generate codes continuously and you use them as needed. It differs from the HOTP standard where & # 39; a code is specifically generated for you & # 39; a single. Sites that use this method, such as Twitter and probably your banking program, cannot use Microsoft Authenticator.

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How to use Microsoft Authenticator:

The program setup is pretty easy. Let's talk about setup with your Microsoft account. Download the app and open it to start the tutorial.

Microsoft Accounts Setup:

  1. Sign in with your Microsoft account information in the Microsoft Authenticator program. This should be your first request to open the program for the first time. Simply choose & # 39; Personal Account & # 39; or & # 39; Work or School Account & # 39; to sign in to your Microsoft account.
  2. After a successful entry, you must verify the annotation with & # 39; a code. You can send it by SMS, email or other method.
  3. That's it! Once you enter the code, the program is linked to your Microsoft account and you use it for no password entries. The next time you log in, simply enter your username and enter the code generated by the program.

Setup for non-Microsoft accounts:

It varies from site to website, but the general idea remains the same. This is a fairly simple process. You can prepare the Microsoft Authenticator application for the task by tapping the three shell menu button in the Microsoft Authenticator program and the & # 39; Add account & # 39; to choose. From there, select the & # 39; Other Account & # 39; and prepare to follow the steps below.

  1. Return to the site where you should ask if you want two-factor verification via text and email or with an application. Select the application option.
  2. You will either see a QR code on your screen or a six-digit code. Use the Microsoft Authenticator program to scan the QR code.
  3. Alternatively, the site may provide you with a code instead of entering a QR code. No problem! Go back to the program and tap the "Or give code manually" option at the bottom of the page. First enter your account name so you know which one it is and enter the code at the bottom.

It's really. Setting up a Microsoft account is something you just have to do once. In the meantime, you can add any online accounts by repeating the non-Microsoft account steps on all your other accounts.

From there, the app is very easy. You can only sign up with non-Microsoft sites with your email or username and password and enter the six-digit code of the Microsoft Authenticator program when prompted. Microsoft sites just need you to add your username and it will ask you for a program code. It's all about these articles and that's all it designed to do!

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