We’ve been discussing the importance of making sure you have password recovery options set up for all of your accounts.
We’ve already covered recovery options for Gmail and Yahoo.
Today we’ll check out your options for Microsoft. This would cover your Microsoft account, Outlook, Hotmail, MSN, and LiveMail email address, and even your Office 365 account.
To get started, click here to visit the Microsoft account page. If you aren’t already signed in, click Sign in at the top right.
Then click the circle to the right and choose View Microsoft account.
When your account page opens, click Security at the top.
Select Update your security info.
If you’ve already set up this information, you may be asked for a code that Microsoft will send to you. If you don’t have that information, you can click on I don’t have any of these.
Once you’re logged in, you can add an alternate email and a phone number. You can choose whether or not you’d like to receive alerts from Microsoft.
You can click More options to learn how to set up additional security measures.
Set up 2-step verification and you’ll receive a code via email or text with a code that you’ll use in addition to your password to log in. You can also use an Identity verification app or set up a recovery code that you can have on hand in case you get locked out of your account.
With recovery options in place, if you can’t log into your Microsoft account, just click Forgot my password.
Microsoft will email, text, or call you with a recovery code. It’s important to remember to keep this information updated. If you change or close your email or phone account, you must remember to update the data.