Microsoft account (Hotmail | Outlook) two-step verification
Two-step verification (two-factor authentication) is the enhanced security provided by the Microsoft Corporation on the email accounts.
Two-step verification helps in protecting your email by making it more difficult for someone else to sign in to your Microsoft account. It uses two different forms of identity: your password, and a contact method (also known as security info).
However, Microsoft offers three ways to set up two-step verification. You can use a secondary email address, phone number, or you can also opt to configure an authenticator app.
But make sure you keep the authenticator app installed on the phone and don’t uninstall or remove it because it generates a code for the login.
We will discuss how to turn on or off the two-step verification later in this post, let’s focus on the consequences by turning on or off two-step verification first
What happens when you turn on two-step verification
If you turn on two-step verification, every time you log in from a new device or a different location it will ask for a code generated on the authenticator app or the code sent on the email or phone number provided by you.
Even when you know the account password, if you don’t have the code sent to you, Microsoft won’t let you log in to the account because of the security reasons.
What happens when you turn off two-step verification
When the two-step verification is turned off, its a complete freedom. You just need your password to log in, no codes are required and no authenticator app is required.
However, it is not as safe as it was before with two-step verification turned on.
If the two-step verification is on and you don’t have the recovery information also known as security info, the online questionnaire will also not work, as you have opted for enhanced security.