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Microsoft Rolling Out New Security Features for Xbox 360, Windows, and Other Services

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Posted on April 18, 2013 AT 05:06am

Microsoft has revealed that it will be rolling out new security measures across all of its platforms over the next “couple of days,” which includes a single log-in for all services.

A new two-step authentication process will help better protect users from hacking attempts. Using a single account you will be able to access the following services:

  • Communicate with your Outlook.com inbox and calendar, and with Skype video chat.
  • Entertain yourself with games from Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox video.
  • Access to all your photos, videos, docs and other stuff through SkyDrive.
  • One set of people from the networks you use, like Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and more.
  • Unlock personal productivity with Office.

“This release enables optional two-step verification for your entire Microsoft account. Two-step verification is when we ask you for two pieces of information anytime you access your account — for example, your password plus a code sent to a phone or email on file as security info,” the company said.

“More than a year ago, we began bringing two-step verification for certain critical activities, like editing credit cards and subscriptions at commerce.microsoft.com and xbox.com, or accessing files on another one of your computers through SkyDrive.com. For these scenarios, two-step verification is required 100 percent of the time for everyone, given the sensitive nature of these tasks.

“With this release you can choose to protect your entire account with two-step verification, regardless of what service (or device) you are using with your Microsoft account. It’s your choice whether you want to enable this, but for those of you that are looking for ways to add additional security to your account, we’ve worked hard to make set-up really easy.”

This is an optional step and you only have to partake in it for the services stated in the paragraph above, such as changing credit card details. You can start using this service right now by going to this link.

Do you like the idea of a single use account? Is the added security a good thing? Share your thoughts below.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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