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#1 jordanspringer

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 04:26

I'm trying to get Windows Live Mail to prompt me to type in a password to View program or any messages.

With the new Windows Live Mail desktop application, when you run it, it will pop up a box to sign in to Windows Live, if you press cancel, it will still take you to your mail and allow you to view my messages. I know I can uncheck 'Remember my password' in Accounts>Properties, but that only stops it from sending/recieving new messages only, I can still view old messages.

Is there a way to prevent WLMail from loading without prompt for a password first?


#2 cj0771

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 18:25

Im having the same problem, and i suppose everyone else is too.

I have read and windows say that for better secrurity you just have to put a password on your windows user account.

Still i don't think this is better secrurity, i think it's less! In the end i uninstalled it!

#3 Deletedforeverhaha

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 19:24

It has broken security features even though it's a nifty program.

#4 JRM12345

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 14:49

I went through the bother of signing up for this account just to throw in my 2 cents worth on the windows live mail program. Upon installation, the thing went online and retreived EVERYBODYS EMAIL THAT HAS AN ACCOUNT ON THIS COMPUTER! Even though to read their email on their hotmail account it is password protected on line, this program went right by that and downloaded all their email and put it on the desktop for me to read. Now if I were nosey, that would be fine, but HOW WRONG IS THAT!.
You cannot password protect this program either...their lame excuse to cover up their flub is "it's best to password protect your account anyway". An after seeing what this program did, I can't see what difference it makes if you create separate accounts for everyone on the computer anyway...like I said...I downloaded it and it retreived everyones email on the computer! If one of the other users downloads it, are they going to get all MY email also? And if, say for instance, you turn your computer over to someone to work on for whatever reason, are you telling me the can simply hook up to the internet, install this program, read everything in your whole familys emails, then just uninstall the program without a trace or sign that he was in there? This program should have been named:

WINDOWS LIVE SECURITY BREACH MAIL

And the selling point should have been "why keep all your email to yourself...share it with the world"

#5 McDave

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 20:43

@cj0771 & jrm12345. I really don't see what you are fussing about. Since Win2k we have this thing called user profiles. Each user logs into the compter using their profile name & password then only their cookies & stored passwords are avalible. If you don't log out or lock your session yes people can access your stuff just like people can enter your home if you don't lock the doors.

If everyone useing that computer decides to enter their email accounts into the client on the same user profile of course their mail will be visible but if you do it on a diffrent user profile it won't. I really don't see how this is a security breach.

#6 joeblogg

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 01:50

if you really want security use hotmail or just put a password on your user account. people can't access your windows live mail if you have a password on user account can they?

#7 vetCalum

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 16:04

I went through the bother of signing up for this account just to throw in my 2 cents worth on the windows live mail program. Upon installation, the thing went online and retreived EVERYBODYS EMAIL THAT HAS AN ACCOUNT ON THIS COMPUTER! Even though to read their email on their hotmail account it is password protected on line, this program went right by that and downloaded all their email and put it on the desktop for me to read. Now if I were nosey, that would be fine, but HOW WRONG IS THAT!.
You cannot password protect this program either...their lame excuse to cover up their flub is "it's best to password protect your account anyway". An after seeing what this program did, I can't see what difference it makes if you create separate accounts for everyone on the computer anyway...like I said...I downloaded it and it retreived everyones email on the computer! If one of the other users downloads it, are they going to get all MY email also? And if, say for instance, you turn your computer over to someone to work on for whatever reason, are you telling me the can simply hook up to the internet, install this program, read everything in your whole familys emails, then just uninstall the program without a trace or sign that he was in there? This program should have been named:

WINDOWS LIVE SECURITY BREACH MAIL

And the selling point should have been "why keep all your email to yourself...share it with the world"




You signed up for an account just to post that and rant about Windows Live Mail, trying to say it is rubbish or something? Well I've never had this problem with Windows Live Mail so it is obviously something you are doing wrong. I also know many others who use this program who haven't had that problem!

#8 HawkMan

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 16:20

I'm trying to get Windows Live Mail to prompt me to type in a password to View program or any messages.

With the new Windows Live Mail desktop application, when you run it, it will pop up a box to sign in to Windows Live, if you press cancel, it will still take you to your mail and allow you to view my messages. I know I can uncheck 'Remember my password' in Accounts>Properties, but that only stops it from sending/recieving new messages only, I can still view old messages.

Is there a way to prevent WLMail from loading without prompt for a password first?


Log out or Lock your windows

asking for a password to read download mails don't make sense. once they are logged onto your user acount they have full acess anyway, well with physical access they can get access to anythign anyway with enough patience and the right tools and skills.

if you're trying to stop family from reading your mail, then lock or og out, if other people need to be able to access the computer, add more user acounts.

you're attacking this "problem" that doesn't exist from the wrong angle.

#9 canuckken

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:03

This is an old topic but there is a way to do it. Bluementals Program Protector will work for WLM. I agree with the others who said just protect your user account but if there is a situation where others share your account then program protector will do the job. The program is not free though. It cost about 20 or 30 dollars but you can evaluate it before you buy. I tried other free programs and none would work for WLM. They would password protect it no problem but when you tried to run WLM you get an error saying that a certain dll. was not found. I experienced this with 4 different programs and only Bluementals Program Protector worked for me.
I also should say that my operating system is Windows 7 7100 RC so no problem with compatibility. Anyway this is my first post and I hope it helps someone.

Cheers

#10 null_

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:36

I know this thread is old, but honestly the best way to go about protecting your data is to simply create a separate user account for yourself and create a secure password that you will be able to remember. This also has the added benefit of also protecting not only your email (through Windows Live Mail), but also your documents, pictures, and other sensitive information.

#11 deletedxyz

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 14:15

Look at it this way:

Windows Live Mail - Casual user who doesn't want the powerful features of Outlook (and uses WLM as their primary email account).
Outlook - Password protect and everything under the sun for emails.

#12 Omen1393

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 16:46

The fact that you could still access the mail for WLMail was actually a serious problem for me. When I was in florida, our family made the mistake on not putting passwords on our accounts on the laptop and well that laptop was stolen and we had to change all of our account passwords because they could still access our mail otherwise. If they haven't formatted the laptop they won't get any more updates from the account but they can still look through all of the previous e-mail in the inbox.

#13 HawkMan

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 17:29

unless you also encrypt it. password protected mail folders/file archives are cracked in about half a second + the 3 minutes to download the tool.

#14 McDave

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 21:16

Omen when someone has physical acess to your computer you have loast the battle. All your data belongs to them now. Adding a password to your windows user account makes no diffrance unless you run something like BitLocker or NTFS EFS.

#15 canuckken

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 23:05

I am not sure I get why some of you think it is meaningless to put a separate password on you WLM or any other exe. file for that matter. As I said it is best to protect you user account and yes have separate accounts. However no one is perfect and it only takes 5 minutes to walk away from your computer forgetting to lock it and someone could have accessed your emails. If you are at a work place then I especially see how password protecting your email account could be helpful. No one is going to download software on your computer just to crack the password unless they have stolen it. Say for example you are at your work place and you receive an important call or whatever and you walk away from your computer forgetting to lock it. I am sure this has happened. A separate password in that situation could help.
Some are going to tell you it is meaningless but I say an extra bit of security is better than nothing and if it gives you peace of mind than do it. If you don't feel the need to protect your exe. programs than fine but don't discourage others from doing it.
As for me I password protect my user account and my email account both.