Microsoft has introduced a new security option for users of Windows Azure cloud-based services.
The new multifactor authentication allows users to access services through an application on their mobile device, automated voice call or text message with a passcode in addition to the traditional username and password.
The software giant said the option would offer better access and security
The Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be configured for applications including On-Premises VPNs and web applications, cloud applications like Windows Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM as well as Custom Applications.
Microsoft has made the multi-factor authentication services available in two pricing options.
Earlier in Arpil, Microsoft said it would upgrade 700 million user accounts, which included rolling out of an optional two-step verification, with better security features.
The two step authentication will work with Microsoft accounts including Hotmail.com, MSN.com and Outlook.com as well as SkyDrive, Skype, Office subscriptions.
Micro-blogging site Twitter has introduced an optional 'two-factor authentication' feature using mobile phone verification on the social network, as part of its efforts to beef up security after a series of high-profile breaches into its accounts.
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