Report claims Microsoft Accounts to get new recovery options and more

Microsoft has been adding new features for Microsoft Account members on a regular basis, including most recently giving them a way to make any of their aliases their primary alias for their account. Today, the Liveside.net site, which has broken a number of Microsoft Account related stories in the past, reports that the company plans to add some additional features for those users.

The report, using unnamed sources, claims that one of the new features is something called Recovery Codes. The site says that the Microsoft Account website will be able to generate a random code for a user to write down and save. The code can then be used to sign onto the account if the user forgets their main password. The report claims that these codes will replace the current security question method for account recovery, such as the answer to, "What is your mother's maiden name?"

Another new feature that is reportedly being added is a way for a user to see any recent activity on their Microsoft Account. This will include being able to view details like IP addresses, location, date and time for each account activity. Users will also be able to click on a “This wasn’t me” button if they are suspicious of any activity on the account. Finally, the report claims that Microsoft Account users will be able to send security notifications about their account to another email other than their primary account such as an alternate email address or a mobile device.

So far, Microsoft has yet to confirm if these new features are in the work and the report did not offer a specific date for when these new Microsoft Account additions will be put in place.

Source: Liveside.net | Image via Liveside.net

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I would love that... I have an old account that I need to keep, forwarding email from old to new. having it on the same account will be great.

scumdogmillionaire said,
I wish they'd give me the ability to convert my old accounts into aliases of one single account.

That would have been possible if you generated the aliases from the old account.

(I'm not discounting the validity of such a consolidation request, but doing the forwarding method can work if you create an intermediary alias, reset old account to intermediary alias (and drop old alias), fwd from intermediary to new, then add old alias to new account when it's available again. It's a process, but it works.)

For some reason I don't like the setup process for their two-factor authentication. For some reason I like Google's better.

One Customer some how accidentally setup one of her friends email addresses as a recipient of her two factor authentication code.

So her friend who has a hospital email address with was bitching at her thinking she was infected sending viruses to her. lol.

Point is, you could NEVER accidentally do that with Google.

Awesome. Its quite inconvenient to be required to provide a phone number or alternate email address in order to recover a forgotten password or locked out account. A "Recovery Code" is a nice and welcomed option.

How is a recovery code better than a secret question, a secret question gets a personalized answer, while a code will be random.

Blueclub said,
How is a recovery code better than a secret question, a secret question gets a personalized answer, while a code will be random.

I know most of my close friends' mother's maiden names.

MidTxWRX said,
I know most of my close friends' mother's maiden names.

This is why my "security question" answers are all random letters and numbers as complex as my passwords themselves. It's not that hard to keep a small encrypted file for this sort of crap.

Blueclub said,
How is a recovery code better than a secret question, a secret question gets a personalized answer, while a code will be random.

You can often find all the answers on someone' s Facebook page.

Most of my friends know my mothers maiden name, my favorite person, etc, try that while recovering my password and it will not work, its perfectly acceptable to have the answer to be anything you like and not what people believe is the answer... that will be easy to remember than a random code.