Microsoft is taking steps to make Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) more accessible for Microsoft 365 business users. MFA is an essential security tool that adds an extra layer of protection against cybercriminals trying to hack into your online accounts. It generates a one-time passcode that you have to enter every time you log in, making it almost impossible for anyone to break in.
Usually, this passcode is sent to an authenticator app on your phone, which you need to download and set up first. Alternatively, you can receive the code via SMS text message, phone call, or even a special USB key that you plug into your computer. To make the login process faster and more convenient, you can also use biometric login options like fingerprint or face ID.
Microsoft understands that even a few extra seconds to access your account can be inconvenient, and that’s why it’s working to streamline the MFA process for its 365 business users. The company is introducing a feature called Authenticator Lite, which will build MFA directly into the Outlook app. Until now, users have had to rely on a separate authenticator app or login codes sent to their phone.
It’s important to note that this improvement is currently only available for Microsoft 365 business accounts. There’s no news yet about whether Microsoft plans to expand this feature to personal PCs or other operating systems. However, we’ll keep you updated with any news as soon as it becomes available.
If you don’t already use MFA for your online accounts, we highly recommend implementing it as soon as possible. MFA is a vital security tool that protects against the vast majority of cyber threats today. If you need any help or advice on implementing MFA or getting the most out of your Microsoft 365 subscription, schedule a FREE discovery call using the link below!