Microsoft is continuing its push to make it easier to create secure cloud offerings by incorporating multi-factor authentication into its Windows Azure platform. That means developers can now build applications that incorporate multi-factor security, make VPNs more secure, and secure cloud applications like Office 365 and Dynamics CRM.
Users can be authenticated through a mobile app, an automated phone call, or a text message with an authentication code.
The service costs $2 per user per month, or $2 for every 10 authentications. For more information on how to set up multi-factor authentication, check out this video from Microsoft’s Channel 9.
That brings Microsoft in line with Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine, which already offer multi-factor authentication. Of course, while this helps prevent problems that arise from users losing their passwords or choosing a password that’s insecure, it won’t help fix security holes on the server side.