Xbox gets trio of new account security features

Xbox One X
Xbox One X (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

Microsoft today announced a set of new security features to help you keep the account you use with your Xbox console safe. Taken together, the trio of features aim to make dealing with security-related issues easier to accomplish directly from your console, all without having to move to a second device. Here's a look at what's new.

First up, the sign-in process on a new console can now assist you in remembering your account name. That may sound simple enough to figure out, but it people who may only remember their Xbox Gamertag, but not the account it's associated with, would previously have to call Xbox support to resolve the issue. Now, you can select the "Forgot your account?" option when signing in to get things squared away.

Xbox Sign in - Forgot Account

Perhaps the biggest addition involves the actual recovery of your account after an unauthorized person gains access. When Microsoft detects suspicious activity on your account, it automatically locks it down to secure things. Usually, you'd then have to go through the process of recovering your account on your phone or computer. However, the whole recovery process can now be completed from your Xbox console, including verification, selecting a new password, and reviewing your security information.

Lastly, Microsoft will now occasionally prompt you to double check that your recovery information is current if you haven't checked it in a while. This ensures that your alternate email and phone number are accurate should you need to go through the above recovery process.

Account security is important no matter the service, but that's especially true if the account you're looking to protect is tied to potentially hundreds or thousands of dollars in digital purchases and achievement points you've gathered over the years. It's certainly not as exciting as the new features announced today for the next Xbox update, but these new features are a solid step forward at keeping your Xbox account locked down.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

10 Comments
  • This is good. Nicely thought!
  • Always enable Microsoft 2 steps access with your account on any site/app/console everytime you sign in to your Microsoft account , you have to accept the notification on your phone. Same thing when you sign in to your console the first time. Download Microsoft authenticator app.
  • Yes, the autheticator app is awesome, epsecially on a platform where the notifications from it actually work!
  • Yep Android
  • Works perfectly fine on Windows, brah.
  • Actually, mine hadn't for at least a year before I went to the boring platform. Sure, it would work if I went intobthe app myself, but push notifications stopped. I tried fixinf it several times to no avail. It's sad when Microsoft's own services are worse on its own platform.
  • Yeah Windows 10 Mobile!
  • Having to approve your sign in on a second device every time you sign in on your console, in my opinion, would be very annoying. I do understand the reasons people may want to do that though.
  • No, only the first time on a new device or console, means if someone tries to get your account, you will be asked on your Xbox to accept on your phone first. Same process of 2step verification everywhere when you sign in the first time on apps
  • i wish they'd let you create a local account like 360 did.  you shouldn't need to put in an email address