Thursday, April 20, 2017

Enable Phone Sign In -Microsoft Authenticator

Recently, Alex Simons has blogged on "No password, phone sign in for Microsoft accounts". This a great enhancement in Microsoft second factor or "no password" technology.

With phone sign-in, Microsoft shifting the security burden from our memory to our device. Just add our account to the Android or iOS Microsoft Authenticator app, then enter our username as usual when signing in somewhere new. Instead of entering our password, we’ll get a notification on our phone. Unlock our phone, tap “Approve”, and we’re in.

This process is easier than standard two-step verification and significantly more secure than only a password, which can be forgotten, phished, or compromised. Using your phone to sign in with PIN or fingerprint is a seamless way to incorporate two account “proofs” in a way that feels natural and familiar.

There are a few things you need to consider to complete "phone sign" option.
First download Microsoft Authenticator app from store than configured for personal account, you will see an option from the drop-down menu to select Enable phone sign-in.

If you don't configure or add your Microsoft account in your Authenticator App, you don't see a "use the Microsoft Authenticator app instead" option.  Instead, you will have only see the password sign-in option as shown below:

You will see the following verification message on your login screen and on your mobile device.

Open your Microsoft account and click on next

Now you will see the option "Use the Microsoft Authenticator app instead", once you click you will get
You can also copy the code

Once click "Use the Microsoft Authenticator app instead" you will get following option "Deny" or "Approve"

Once approve you have to open your phone
once approve we are in in my emails

But you don't see this option If you are adding a new Microsoft account on an iPhone.  Microsoft will automatically set it up for you by default.  So add your Microsoft Account and login to a Microsoft service using this account. You will see an additional "password less".

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