How to secure your Microsoft account for Windows 8

Friday 12 July 2013

Increasingly, business professionals are using multiple devices for work purposes - perhaps a PC in the office, a personal laptop at home, and a smartphone or media tablet for working on the move.

As such, it is important to be able to access the same files, documents, settings and preferences on each connected device. If these are kept in sync, it is possible to move seamlessly from one to the next, ensuring you can simply pick up where you left off earlier on a different system.

Windows 8 is designed to support this type of flexible working - where individuals use different devices, at different times of the day, across multiple locations. All users need to do is sign in to their Microsoft account - this saves all settings from previous sessions, regardless of the computing device that was used.

Securing your Microsoft account

With professionals accessing important files, documents and data across multiple devices, security must be treated as a key priority. Users need to take every precaution to ensure their Microsoft account details are kept safe, and third parties cannot, under any circumstances, gain access.

Adding security information to your account helps reduce the risk of it being hacked, and of confidential information falling into the wrong hands. Should the account be compromised - or a user forgets their password - this information can help restore rightful access as quickly as possible.

Not only does this minimise the risks to the business, in terms of data loss, but it also ensures workers are not locked out of their accounts for significant periods of time - something which is likely to impact on productivity levels.

How to add security info to your account

In order to add security information to your Microsoft account, you need to follow these basic steps.

1.       Go to the Microsoft account webpage and log in using your username and password.
2.       Under 'Password and Security Info', tap or click on the 'Edit security' info option.
3.       Input information into the fields as requested - you can add alternative email addresses, phone numbers, additional trusted PCs, and answers to security questions.
4.       Tap or click 'OK' to save the information.

Should there be a problem logging into your Microsoft account in the future - because it has either been compromised, or you have lost your login details - this information can be used to restore access.

As such, users are advised to add security information to their account when they originally sign up - helping to reduce the risks further along the line.

To find out more about Windows 8, click here.

Posted by Alex Boardman