Microsoft Aims to Simplify Multi-Factor Authentication in Outlook

April 6, 2023

Simplified MFA Coming to Outlook

Making Multi-Factor Authentication more straightforward is one of the latest developments from Microsoft 365. The company plans to introduce MFA directly in the Outlook app for many 365 business users. MFA is a crucial tool in safeguarding online accounts against cyber criminals by generating a second, one-time passcode each time you log in.

This code is usually sent to an authenticator app on your phone, which requires an initial download and setup. Alternatively, the code can be transmitted through a phone call or text message or a unique USB key inserted into your computer.

Although MFA offers increased security, it can be a minor inconvenience, mainly if it involves a biometric login like face ID or fingerprint. However, Microsoft is determined to reduce the time spent on the authentication process.

To this end, it plans to integrate MFA directly into the Outlook app for 365 business accounts through a feature called Authenticator Lite. Previously, this feature required a separate authenticator app or login codes.

Currently, there is no information regarding the feature’s availability on personal PCs. However, Microsoft will update users if it announces plans to roll out the feature across other hardware or operating systems.

If you haven’t implemented MFA on your apps or online accounts, it’s crucial that you do so. The added protection it provides is critical to mitigating cyber threats. If you need more information on implementing MFA or how to get the most out of Microsoft 365, contact us for assistance.

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