Following in the footsteps of Google, Apple and Facebook, Microsoft will roll out a two-step verification system in increase account security.
Whilst optional, the system is to be added to Microsoft accounts, which the firm states is in response to increasing "security threats" and the implantation of greater cloud security.
Currently, over 700 million users worldwide have Microsoft accounts, who will have to opt-in for the added security feature by visiting this link whilst logged into their account.
Once enabled, users will be required to input extra information, in addition to their username and password. The system will see users sent a code from Microsoft to their smartphone, which they will then be required to enter in order to gain access to their account.
However, Microsoft has stated that the intelligent system will mean users will not be forced to repeatedly enter an authentication code from a regularly used device.