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        Return to the Security page. The Additional security section offers an option to set up two-step verification. This applies an extra security level to all your Microsoft devices and accounts, including Xbox 360, Windows Phone, the Outlook desktop client, and older versions of Office. If you still use any of these and want to protect them, click the Turn on link here and follow the steps. Otherwise, don’t bother with this one.

        Why do you only recommend two-factor authentication for Outlook and older versions of Office?

        Susan Bradley has been emphasizing the importance of two-factor authentication for all Microsoft/Office 365 accounts for quite a while, e.g.:

        number 1 thing to make you more secure: USE TWO FACTOR. (yes I’m shouting) it really does make a huge difference.

        Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 build 19043.1052 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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          I’m disappointed not to receive any response from the article’s author (as I understand that discussion is in their newsletter contracts).

          From what became known of recent successful attacks, it looks like lack of 2-factor authentication (2FA) is still the most prevalent root cause.

          As for webmail, your users WILL get successfully phished eventually, if not today then tomorrow. Absence of 2FA allows the attacker to impersonate your phished user, both towards your other employees, but also towards all your customers, clients and business partners. To those recipients, the email will look like it came from a known and trusted source, which increases the damage potential. Don’t be the company that emails ransomware to others – activate 2FA for all your email users!

          Ransomware Defenses [Internet Storm Center]

          Windows 10 Pro version 21H1 build 19043.1052 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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