Changing Passwords and Adding 2 Factor Authentication for Office 365 Highly Recommended

Changing Passwords and Adding 2 Factor Authentication for Office 365 Highly Recommended

Microsoft AuthenticatorRecently, we have seen a number of instances where hackers have obtained access to a user’s Office 365 account.  Once they access the account, they will send fraudulent requests to change bank account information or wire instructions, and then create a rule to mark new messages as “read” and move them to either the junk or deleted items folder.

Step 1 – Change your Email Password

To change your password, follow these instructions:
  1. Sign in to with your work or school account.
  2. Go to Settings > Password.
  3. Enter your old password.
  4. Create a new password and confirm it.
  5. Select Submit to finish and change your password
  6. For more instructions – click here

Step 2 – Add 2 Factor Authentication

Note – your administrator must turn on 2 Factor Authentication first. Once your admin enables your organization with 2-step verification (also called multi-factor authentication), you have to set up your account to use it. By setting up 2-step verification, you add an extra layer of security to your Office 365 account. You sign in with your password (step 1) and a code sent to your phone (step 2), either via text message or an application such as the Microsoft Authenticator. For complete instructions, click here.


One Response

  1. When using 2FA authentication it is important to point out that as many factors as possible are used (where practicable), and the users are offered alternative authentication factors (for example when the mobile phone battery is dead they may authenticate using a hardware token).

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