How to set up two-step verification in Skype
Skype is a popular video conferencing tool for internet and video calling, messaging, and file sharing. You can do a lot with Skype, but one important thing that you need to do is set up two-step verification to make your account more secure.
Here we are going to see how to enable two-factor authentication in Skype.
What is two-step verification?
Two-step verification adds an extra layer of security to your Skype account by requiring a code every time you or someone signs in to your account. Without this code, the connection will not be approved.
Adding 2SV will make it twice as difficult to connect which can often be painful. But it will also be more difficult for anyone to hack your account because they will not have access to your secondary mobile phone or authenticator app.
How to set up two-step verification in Skype
As a Microsoft member, your Skype account is linked to your Microsoft account. Therefore, in order to enable two-factor authentication for Skype, you must first configure it in your Microsoft account. You have three options to choose from.
Two-step verification by SMS
Two-step verification via the app
Two-step verification via another email address.
Let’s dive into the details.
How to set up two-step verification via text message
To set up two-step verification for Skype via SMS, go to Microsoft and log into your account. Click on your profile, then click My Microsoft Account. This will open a new tab.
On the Microsoft account page, click Security. On the Security page, click Two-step verification. Click on To manage under Two-step verification up or scroll to Additional security and click Light up under Two-step verification.
Either option will take you to Set up two-step verification page.
Check the information on the page and click Next. Microsoft will ask you how else it can verify you. Click the drop-down menu under Verify my identity with and select A phone number. Your country code will automatically fill in, so all you need to do is enter your normal cell phone number in the next field.
Click on Next, when you do, Microsoft will text you a code to verify the number. Enter the 4-digit code sent to your mobile phone number and click on Next. This will enable two-step verification. You will also receive an email notification to this effect.
Now copy the 25 character code or print it out and keep it in a safe place in case you forget your code in the future. This new code replaces any previous recovery code you may have received.
You will need to configure your smartphone with an app password for apps that don’t receive security codes. To do this, select which of your devices you are synchronizing with your Outlook.com email from the links displayed. If you don’t sync any of your devices with Outlook, click Next. Click on To finish on the next page to finalize the configuration.
After that, the next time you log in to Skype, you will need to enter the code that was sent to you to authenticate the connection.
How to set up two-step verification for Skype through the app
To set up two-step verification of your Skype account using an authenticator app, sign in to your Microsoft Account. On the Microsoft account page, click Security. On the Security page, click Two-step verification. Click on To manage under Two-step verification, then Next.
Now click on the drop down menu under Verify my identity with and select An application. If you prefer the Microsoft Authenticator app, click Get it now. You will be redirected to the download page. Otherwise, click configure another authenticator app. For this illustration, we click on it.
There are several good authenticator apps. If you already have one, open it and press the three-dot menu button. Faucet Add an account, and press Scan the QR code to scan the barcode on your desktop. Faucet to save once you have finished.
Then enter the 6-digit code generated by the application on your desktop and click on Next.
If the code is correct, your two-step verification will be enabled. Copy the 25 character code or print it out and keep it in a safe place, then click Next.
How to set up two-step verification for Skype through another email address
To set up two-step verification for your Skype account using a different email address, sign in to your Microsoft account. On the Microsoft account page, click Security. On the Security page, click Two-step verification. Click on To manage under Two-step verification, then Next.
Now click on the drop down menu under Verify my identity with and select Another email address. Enter the email address you want to use and click Next. Note that this email address may be different from the one registered on your account.
Enter the 4-digit code sent to the secondary e-mail address and click on Next.
On the next page, copy the 25 character code or print it out and keep it in a safe place. Click on Next, then To finish. You will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter.
How to turn off two-step verification for your Skype account
If you decide to turn off two-step verification for your Microsoft account at a later date, here’s what to do.
Sign in to your Microsoft account and click on your Profile.
Click on My Microsoft Account, Click on Security, then click Advanced security options.
Scroll to Additional security. Under Two-step verification, Click on Switch off.
A warning message will appear asking if you really want to turn off two-step verification. Click on Yes.
This will turn off two-step verification for your Microsoft account and you will no longer have to enter a verification code when you sign in.
Additional ways to secure your Microsoft / Skype account
Microsoft also offers other login verification and account security options. These include Sign Out, Recovery Code, App Passwords, and Email Code.
You can also use your Windows PC (signs in using your face, fingerprint, or PIN), use a security key, as well as an authenticator app. Take this opportunity to improve the security of your Microsoft and Skype accounts.
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