Microsoft is reportedly working to implement two-factor authentication for its web service offerings.
News blog LiveSide cited an anonymous tip in reporting that the Redmond giant would be adding optional security protections for its Microsoft account service.
According to the report, Microsoft account users would be able to configure the additional protections to require a one-time use passcode which would be displayed on the user's smartphone screen.
Such protections would be offered in addition to the current username and password system and would be offered as an extra layer of security in case a user were to have their login credentials compromised.
The report did not give a suggested time frame for when the security protections could be enabled.
With fraudsters and other cybercriminals increasingly looking to obtain and trade in stolen account credentials, two-factor authentication has arisen as a popular means for shoring up security protections on user accounts.
Google currently offers users the ability to add an extra authentication code to their accounts, while last month Apple quietly notified users that it had implemented the two factor authentication process for the iCloud platform.
While two-factor authentication has been around in various forms for years, the system has picked up steam recently as the old system of key fobs and other specialised tokens has given way to smartphone apps and SMS delivery of access codes.
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