Setting up Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is vital in keeping our accounts secure,  MFA is an electronic authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more forms of identity verification before they're allowed access to a website, network or application. 

In this quick guide, we will be learning how to setup MFA using a verification text message for logging into your Microsoft account.  

Table of contents

Step 1: Getting started

When you log in, you will be prompted that there is More information required to keep your account secure, just click Next.

Step 2: Additional security verification

You will then be brought to the below page, in this guide we will be using text message authorisation so under How should we contact you?  We're going to click the drop down and select Authentication phone and then making sure +44 is selected, enter your mobile number in the text box and then click Next.

Step 3: Verify phone number 

Once you have completed the above step, you will be asked to complete the authenticator setup by entering the code you received by text, this will be the way you will authorise your logins in the future.