To keep Xbox gamers accounts safe from hackers and malicious third-party eyes, Microsoft has today announced the implementation of three new security features on the Xbox platform. Helping to keep Xbox owners safe as well as providing a handy fall-back if you ever forget your account name or become a target for malicious activity.

The first feature Microsoft has added helps you remember your username just in case you’re a little forgetful like myself. Previously Xbox owners would have needed to call Xbox support for help, now help is available directly from the sign in screen.

Microsoft has also added a new feature to help you update your recovery options and make sure the ones entered are up-to-date and relevant to your current situation. If you forget your password, or if someone else is trying to access your account, Microsoft will send a security code to your alternate email or phone number, listed in your recovery options, so make sure they are relevant and up-to-date.

Finally Microsoft has implemented a new way for you to recover your account if a malicious user may have gained access. When Microsoft identifies any suspicious activity on your account it will automatically locked it. If this happens a message saying “It looks like someone else might be using your account” will appear. Previously when this message appeared, as with a forgotten username, you would have ended up calling Xbox Support, now Microsoft has added a recovery flow on the Xbox console allowing you to change your password and review your security settings without the need to make any calls.

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