A few safety tips that you should consider when using a Microsoft account
It is very important that your password has been reliable, but most importantly – the password must be unique. Do not use passwords again, as using the same password for other sites makes it useless for security your Microsoft account. Ideally, for each account, whether the Microsoft account or account in a social network, you need to come up with a separate password. But if you need help managing passwords, use a password Manager.
To change the password for your Microsoft account, log in to your control panel on the website account.live.com.
Enable two-step verification
For added protection, your Microsoft account allows you to use two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication. It works as follows: when you (or someone else) will log in using your username and password, you will need to write additional code which will be sent to your phone via SMS, or generated through a special application on your phone. About how to enable two-step verification in detail in our guide here.
As mentioned above, you can use several different methods on two-step verification via SMS or identification application. For the latter method, any suitable device with Android, iPhone and smartphones with Windows Phone. To generate codes you can use the Google Authenticator app (available for Android and iOS) and Microsoft Authenticator (for Windows Phone).
Specify the data to restore
If for some reason you don’t want to use two-step verification, make sure that your account information is entered (phone numbers and alternate email addresses), which will allow Microsoft to contact you. This will help you out if you suddenly lose (forget) your password. So make sure that this information is entered and entered correctly.
Enable push notifications on your phone
Microsoft can send notifications about important security events on your phone, for example, when someone tries to access your account. By default, notifications will be sent to your main email address. However, you can activate notifications on your phone by means of SMS messages.
To do this, visit the page «Notifications > «Security» in the control panel of your Microsoft account. If you have not previously indicated your phone number in the first place you’ll need to enter it on the page «security».
Follow the recent action
Not so long ago in the control panel of your Microsoft account appeared to «Recent activity». This section allows you to view information about when were account login (successful or not) and where, on what platform or device you used for this. Read more I wrote about it here.
Once again I remind you that access to your Microsoft account and its data can be obtained from anywhere in the world, so come to the security of your accounts very seriously.