Microsoft Authenticator is an essential tool for users with Microsoft accounts to enable two-factor authentication. The app received the ability to notify users of important security changes to their accounts last year. Now, a new update for the beta app on iOS is bringing further improvements such as the ability to change your password, update security information, and view recent activity for users’ personal Microsoft accounts.
The Redmond giant has refreshed the design of the app and has changed the way accounts are represented. Users can now expand each of their accounts into a full-screen view that serves additional options for that account. The firm says that it intends to make it easy for users to act quickly in case their accounts are compromised so that they are not locked out of their accounts.
In this effect, the updated app now lets users change passwords directly within the app and update security information to secure the app in the event of a breach. This feature is a welcome addition for when users receive notifications of security issues, as it negates the necessity to navigate to the account information page on the web. Security notifications can also be received on users’ Apple Watch devices.
The firm adds that the account management options will currently not be available for Azure AD accounts since the Redmond giant wants to make sure that IT admins can choose which options are made available to users on the app. There is no firm date on when Azure AD account support for these account management features will make it into the app.
The app update is currently rolling out to users on iOS TestFlight. However, the company says that it will roll out the update to all users over the next few weeks.