How do I enable two factor authentication when it isn't even being offered to me by Microsoft anymore?

Richard Rutledge 0 Reputation points

So... whilst CONSIDERING two factor authentication, I wanted to have to go to my phone for an authentication code every time that I needed to log into my Hotmail account from the PC. >> NOPE... you have to use some authenticator BS.... so I backed out, said, no way Jose... not at all--NEVER! >> Well, I calmed down, and decided maybe I should try it. I went back and now it is not even an option. There is no "more options" or "2 factor authentication" or anything available on that screen anymore. How do I get this back so I can try this??? OR... Is this an omen that I should NOT try this because this could be ONE SURE SINGLE POINT OF FAILURE than COULD permanently lock me out of my account some day???? (oh...and btw... your so called "tags" for posting this question are USELESS; and it is IMPOSSIBLE to find meaningful tags...)

Outlook Management
Outlook Management
Outlook: A family of Microsoft email and calendar products.Management: The act or process of organizing, handling, directing or controlling something.
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  1. ChristyZhang-MSFT 22,086 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Richard Rutledge ,

    Welcome to our forum!

    According to your description, i understand that you want to enable two-step verification for your Microsoft account, right?

    If so, please kindly understand that the Outlook tag here we mainly focus on general issues about Outlook desktop client. Based on my research, i found an official article and you can refer to it to try the steps: How to use two-step verification with your Microsoft account.

    If you are using a Microsoft 365 account, you can also refer to this: Set up your Microsoft 365 sign-in for multi-factor authentication.

    Hope to help you!

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