Microsoft “Authenticator app” now lets users change their passwords directly from the app

The Microsoft Authenticator app on Android has been updated and now lets users change security information and passwords right from within the app. This update also lets users view recent sign in activity, such as recent login attempts or changes to their account. This features update bring the android version upto date with the iOS version, which got this update back in May.

With the updated version, users can tap on the account name in the app which then opens a full-screen page for that account’s settings. Here it provides the one-time passcode for second-factor authentication, along with other options such as changing the password, updating security information, reviewing recent activity, and removing the account from authenticator should you wish.

These options are presented directly inside the app in a kind of in-line browser that lets users perform these actions without needing to switch to a browser or make these changes on the web. This works for corporate accounts as well as personal Microsoft accounts such as those with personal Microsoft 365 accounts.

Note: the account management options are not be available to Azure AD accounts as Microsoft want to empower IT admins to choose which options are made available to users from the Authenticator App.

Users can download the Microsoft Authenticator app for Android from the Google Play Store here.

There’s a myth that #Microsoft doesn’t “do” #security… Think again..

The myth that Microsoft isn’t a security vendor continues… led mainly by the traditional security appliance vendors and organisations that are still predominately on premise and therefore defend their data centre and office perimeters with traditional security blockers.. (sorry that was a bit of a generalist statement and not meant to offend)!

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. With more than a billion dollar investment in security each year (excluding acquisitions), Microsoft has been recognised as a leader in multiple security-related Gartner Magic Quadrants, the Forrester Wave for Endpoint Security, and by I dependant AV testing firms such as AV TEST, AV Comparatives, and SE Labs in 2019 alone.

Security is built in across everything Microsoft designs, deploys and makes available and I’m proud to work and lead a certified and accredited partner is this space with Gold in Enterprise Mobility and Security competencies.

Check out the latest reports:

Take the time to read the reports and I’d love to hear your experiences thoughts and views on where you think Microsoft has its biggest gaps in this space.

Finally, theres some new announcements this week at Ignite to be sure to check these out.. The latest today is the announcment of #safedocuments which adds ATP type protection to Office desktop apps. Rolling over the next couple of month, when a user wants to consider a document “trusted”, Safe Documents will automatically check the file against the ATP threat cloud before it releases the document.

Thanks for reading and have a good day..
Rob

New WannaCry-type exploit threatens XP, Server 2003 and Windows 7… What do you need to do?

Microsoft has started warning users of older versions of Windows desktop and Sever to urgently apply a Windows Update today to protect against a potential widespread attack similar to the infamous WannaCry attack.

“Windows 7 users are still vast.. Make sure you are patched..”

Microsoft have yet again issues patched to close the critical remote code execution vulnerability that can be exploited in Remote Desktop Services that exists in Windows XP, Windows 7, and server versions including Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft seems to be continually “doing the right thing” of still releasing critical patches for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 even though both operating systems have been out of support for some time.

Anyone still running Windows XP, (yes I know) will need to manually download the update from Microsoft’s website.

As you know Windows 7 reaches end of extended support in just 7 months. #Windows10 offers more than 30 odd significant advances in security and OS hardening compared to its older siblings and whilst many organisations are rapidly migrating to #Windows10 there are still many organisations that have not.

Microsoft did announce yesterday extended support for Windows10E5 subscribers for another 12 months as a benefit to their “commitment” to move to Windows 10.