New Xbox Security Measures Come into Play

Microsoft Studios recently announced that it is enhancing security across its multiple services and devices, including Xbox LIVE, by enabling an optional two-step verification system for Microsoft accounts. Microsoft already uses this two-step verification on high-risk activities such as changing your credit card information and […]
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Microsoft Studios recently announced that it is enhancing security across its multiple services and devices, including Xbox LIVE, by enabling an optional two-step verification system for Microsoft accounts. Microsoft already uses this two-step verification on high-risk activities such as changing your credit card information and subscriptions on the official Xbox website, but it will now be opened up to all Microsoft users. The two-step verification will help bolster the security of users’ accounts by including an additional step in the verification process.

“Given this critical role for Microsoft account, we remain vigilant in working hard to protect your account, which is why we’re adding an option so you can enable two-step verification to further protect yourself, “ writes Eric Doerr on the Microsoft Blog.

Over the next few days, the two-step verification should appear as an option. Once enabled, Microsoft will not only ask you for your password, but the second step will require a unique code to be entered as well. The code will be sent to a secondary device or email account. This way, hackers would also need a device of yours in addition to your login details in order to get into your account. Of course, the extra security measure is entirely optional and you can still only use your standard password to access your account.

Although the additional security measures will better protect user accounts, it will make it more difficult for users to recover passwords. If you lose access to your secondary security proof, users will have to wait thirty days and go through a recovery process. Microsoft warns that users who forget both their password and have misplaced their authentication device will not be able to regain access to their account. Therefore, users are encouraged to be careful.

Some devices, such as the Xbox 360, don’t allow for the two-step verification, but Microsoft will allow users to generate a unique password to access their account on the console. Microsoft says that these measures are part of its overall objective to gradually pull all Microsoft’s services and devices together underneath one user account, with one enhanced password system. By implementing the two-step verification, Microsoft is joining companies like Apple and Facebook who already use the increased security measures.

Recent IT recruitment postings from Microsoft also reveal that the software giant is looking to strengthen its Video Cognition team. The team would currently be working on VideoSurf, which would be integrated with the next Xbox and will “radically change the way we watch TV.” The job posting says that Cognition is “one of the most strategic assets at Microsoft,” and the team is “building scalable services that enable magic scenarios for tens of millions of users worldwide.” Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with any of these innovations that impact gamers in the UK.

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