Windows 10: Microsoft account and phone number linked

  1.    06 Mar 2017 #1

    Microsoft account and phone number linked

    Hi all,

    If I start to use a Microsoft account in Windows 10, so I can use better the store and all the option related to it, but someone steal my pc and steal my telephone card, this "someone" could have access to my Windows 10 by using my mobile number recovering my password?

    Sorry for my english.

    PS: if I start use the Store without a Microsoft account what are the things I lose?
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  2.    06 Mar 2017 #2

    Microsoft sends a text to the phone number with a code that you then have to enter to recover your password. They have to be able to receive the actual text message, not just have the phone number.
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  3. Kari's Avatar
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       06 Mar 2017 #3

    Microsoft account password recovery requires two verification codes being sent using two different verification methods. Each Microsoft account has at least two verification methods, the phone number and additional email address which are asked and required when you set up a new Microsoft account with a new or email or using a third party email.

    When the thief who got your phone tries to recover your password, all your verification methods / security info phone numbers and email addresses will be listed for him to select one. OK, the thief naturally selects your phone number, gets the code sent as a text message, and enters it.

    But, clicking Next after entering the code he needs to select another security info contact (phone / email) from the list to receive second verification code.

    Password recovery is not possible with just your phone, the system is clever enough to make it impossible by requiring two codes being sent to two different phones and / or emails.

    You can add as many phone numbers and email address as you wish as security info contacts at I wholeheartedly recommend that you add at least another security email address; if you only have one phone number and one email added, those which were required when you set up the Microsoft account, and that thief got your phone, the recovery would be as impossible to you as it is to him, you both having access to just one of required two verification methods.

    Last edited by Kari; 06 Mar 2017 at 19:23. Reason: Multiple typos
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  4.    12 Mar 2017 #4

    It is possible for the stealer to get my email password used for the security auth that is stored in the windows or chrome or firefox cache?

    it is possible for the stealer to force the windows account to retrive the password of it by connecting my hd to another computer running a software made for it or just running a live cd or pendrive with a such cracking sw?

    thank you for your patience...
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