Microsoft reveals Xbox Live security updates

In the past year, a number of Xbox Live subscribers have seen their accounts taken over by hackers. In the past, Microsoft has denied that their Xbox Live servers have been breached by cyber attacks and instead have blamed outside attacks, such as phishing scams, as the reasons for these issues.

Today, in a post on the Xbox.com website, Alex Garden, the general manager of Xbox Live, has given an update on Microsoft's efforts in improving security for Xbox Live accounts. A recent Xbox Live software update, " ... included many behind the scenes improvements that help us build on security enhancements for the near future", according to Garden. He did not give any specifics.

Microsoft has also made efforts to remove public postings of Xbox Live "gamertags, usernames and passwords" that have been gathered by hackers. He added, "We’re sending unique codes to the security phone numbers and secondary email addresses provided by members to verify authorization for Xbox.com purchases or account change attempts not stemming from a member’s trusted device."

Even with these improvements, Microsoft is still urging Xbox Live members to take actions on their own to protect their accounts. That includes changing their passwords on a regular basis. Garden states, "Sadly, 'password' and '12345' are still top of the most common password lists when we see breaches occur and passwords posted online."

Source: Xbox.com website

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jagowar said,
Just bring out 2 factor authentication already.... that's all they really need to do.

This all the way downtown. ^

jagowar said,
Just bring out 2 factor authentication already.... that's all they really need to do.

"We're sending unique codes to the security phone numbers and secondary email addresses provided by members to verify authorization for Xbox.com purchases or account change attempts not stemming from a member's trusted device."

Is this what that is already? Case in point, for months now whenever I buy and install a app for my WP via the web store it sends me a security code SMS to my phone itself which I then have to put in before the process can continue. It sounds like they've now extended that over to Xbox live as well, so now I'll get the same message on my phone and have to put in the same random code when I buy something. Sounds like it's enough to me.

GP007 said,

Is this what that is already? Case in point, for months now whenever I buy and install a app for my WP via the web store it sends me a security code SMS to my phone itself which I then have to put in before the process can continue. It sounds like they've now extended that over to Xbox live as well, so now I'll get the same message on my phone and have to put in the same random code when I buy something. Sounds like it's enough to me.

Where is this feature to turn on? Cant recall ever seeing that option

brent3000 said,

Where is this feature to turn on? Cant recall ever seeing that option

You need to login to your live ID, then go to devices and add your phone as a trusted device. Ever since I did that it's used to send me security codes I have to then put in whenever I buy anything via the windows phone web marketplace or whenever I even want to see or change my billing account etc.

You can probably add it through the windowsphone.com website as well but it's really the same, just login with the live ID you're using and add your phone number.