Setting up Trusona for Microsoft's Visual Studio Online using 2-Step Verification with TOTP

This guide details the steps required to set up Trusona as a 2-step verification authenticator with TOTP for Visual Studio Online

Installing the Trusona App

Before you get started with the instructions below you'll need to install and register with the Trusona App.

  1. Download the Trusona App on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Follow the registration steps in the App.
  3. Verify your email by clicking the link from Trusona.
  4. You're setup and ready to go!

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You will need to have a Microsoft account in order to access many of their services and products, including Visual Studio Online. Therefore, you can set up Two Factor Authentication through your Microsoft account.

1. Log in to Microsoft

Log in to your Microsoft Account.

2. Microsoft Security

Click on the Security tab located at the top of the page

Locate the Security tab
Locate the Security tab

3. More Security Features

Locate and click on the interface labeled More security options.

More Security Features
More Security Features

4. Two-step verification

On the next page, locate the Two-step verification section and click on the Set up two-step verification link. Then click on Next.

Click on the link
Click on the link
Click on Next
Click on Next

5. Choosing the App

Click on Next and on the following page, select the An app option from the dropdown menu.

DO NOT click on the Get it now button. Instead, click on the set up a different Authenticator app link

Use a different app link
Use a different app link

6. Scan the QR Code

A QR code will be shown on the screen.

  1. Open the Trusona app, and tap on the Settings menu
  2. Tap 2-step verification (TOTP)
  3. Scan the QR code
  4. Type in the number you see from the Trusona app

Enter the code from the app into the screen, then click on Next.

Scanning the code
Scanning the code

7. Saving the Recovery Code

You will receive a recovery code to use in the event you are unable to use the authenticator app. Be sure to save it in a secure location.

Securely save recovery code
Securely save recovery code

If you had a recovery code for your account prior to this, it will now be replaced by the new code.

8. Security setup for Incompatible Devices & Apps

The next 2 pages will be discussing how to implement security features for devices/apps that do not have multi-factor authentication. Click on any of the links on each page if you want to further implement additional security. Otherwise, click on Next, then Finish

9. Finalize

It should now show that your account is protected by Two-factor acuthentication.

Setup complete! The next time you log in to Microsoft or any of its services or tools, and are prompted for a One-time passcode, you can use the Trusona app to log in.

Finalize
Finalize

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