New and improved security features coming to Hotmail

Microsoft said on Monday that it plans to introduce enhanced security features to Hotmail alongside the new Hotmail features revealed last week.

Microsoft said that “Hotmail will be the first email service to … ensure that hijackers cannot lock a user out of their account”. This feature is thought to be possible through using mobile phone verification and by allowing users to register a frequently used computer as a “Trusted PC”. Hotmail can then identify these registered devices and distinguish them against possible spammers’ devices if an account is hacked.

Microsoft will also be allowing users to enable SSL (Secure Socket Layer) on their account which will encrypt the entire email session. There will also be some other security additions to a user’s Windows Live account, a full list is below.

  • Hotmail detects if legitimate user accounts are compromised and treats them differently than accounts that spammers set up themselves to send spam, working with the user to help them recover their account.
  • New account proofs.  Mobile phone number and option to register your PC as “Trusted PC”
  • More secure proofs.  Previously (and still on other services), users could add/remove proofs with just their password.  Now, the ability to validate an existing proof is required to change them.
  • Closing back-doors the hijacker may try to leave open.  When a compromised account is detected, it is blocked to prevent further abuse, and holiday auto-reply messages and linked accounts are suspended.
  • SSL available not just at login, but for entire session.

Microsoft claims these new security features will be rolled out in October alongside the previously reported new features such as nested folders, Facebook Chat within the web Messenger interface and shipment tracking.

More information on all Hotmail announcements can be found on the Inside Windows Live blog.

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always love hotmail, and will always use it but i find my self using live mail 2011 over the web version, just a personal preference and its more convenient on my windows 7 superbar. =)

As long as I don't see spam in my inbox, who cares?

I like Yahoo! for the News on the frontpage (oh, and a proper customizable signature).

Another note: At one point, I used Gmail to POP my Hotmail to my Yahoo!.

treemonster said,
when will people realize getting spam in your email is totally random no matter which service you are using.

+1

Spam normally relates to people signing up with websites that generate $ from selling their lists, or just bad internet habits like putting your email address on a webpage / comment etc.

I have a gmail account and have had a hotmail account for 8 years now. I create a "junk" email address on one of my servers that I don't monitor for a sites that require registration / downloading trials etc. Because of that, I don't get spam in either gmail or hotmail. It all depends on how you use the tool, not the tool itself.

They've really started to update the Live services faster now that the offline apps are coming out soon it seems. Good stuff all around.

Hotmail = spam.
This is the conclusion from me and all my of friends who used Hotmail.
Yahoo and Gmail FTW!

ALUOp said,
Hotmail = spam.
This is the conclusion from me and all my of friends who used Hotmail.
Yahoo and Gmail FTW!

Um, no.

Unless you're referring to the spam I get from @yahoo and @gmail accounts lately.

ALUOp said,
Hotmail = spam.
This is the conclusion from me and all my of friends who used Hotmail.
Yahoo and Gmail FTW!

Its reverse for me, Gmail spam..and my 10yr old hotmail stays quite good :-)

ALUOp said,
Hotmail = spam.
This is the conclusion from me and all my of friends who used Hotmail.
Yahoo and Gmail FTW!

From my experience Yahoo sux at spam control, Gmail is much better at catching spam.

Cool, nice features.

As for spam, I receive little or none on my accounts which are common names. As for Gmail, spam fest on one account, little on another. Luck of the draw it seems for either service.

One thing I really want in hotmail is full page themes like Gmail. Too much white and changing the banner at the top is not enough. I hope they have plans for it.

Closed up my primary gmail account last summer (still have one as a dummy account). Not a big fan of Google and their behavior. I welcome all the Hotmail improvements over the last year.

jason13524 said,
If you want Google acessing all your emails then go for it.
I have a hotmail account that i never used to register to any site or some other subscription service and i get almost as much spam as in my main gmail account, and the name used for the account isn't that generic.

jason13524 said,

If you want Google acessing all your emails then go for it.

It can be a little slow at times but I'd rather deal with that, occasionally, than Gmail's ugly confusing interface. I've been using Hotmail as my main accounts and gmail for my newsletters and possible spam. I still go there and get really confused as to where everything's at and how to use things. It's really ugly too.

LauRoman said,
I have a hotmail account that i never used to register to any site or some other subscription service and i get almost as much spam as in my main gmail account, and the name used for the account isn't that generic.

I receive hardly any spam in my Hotmail inbox.

Go figure.

jason13524 said,

If you want Google acessing all your emails then go for it.

Same thing with Hotmail ;-)

As for Gmail... I am not a fan of the interface. I like Hotmail more, looks more like an application. As for spam, one time in just a few minutes I got 10 spam emails, but they all went to my junk folder.

Calum said,

I receive hardly any spam in my Hotmail inbox.

Go figure.

Same here, however, I did take the time to "set" my account to Exclusive. That way, spam goes directly to my junk folder and to be honest I don't receive much and I've had my MSN/Hotmail account for over ten years

jason13524 said,

If you want Google acessing all your emails then go for it.

If you cannot understand the difference between parse information and display ads and reading maybe you can stay with hotmail and their ads that do the same thing

B a M said,
I Don't use hotmail...too clunky... Gmail... FTW?

Personally, I don't like Gmail, because I think its UI just looks ugly. But that's only my opinion, of course.

Meph said,

Personally, I don't like Gmail, because I think its UI just looks ugly. But that's only my opinion, of course.

While I like Gmail's simplicity, I do like Hotmail a bit better in terms of UI. I just don't use it mostly because of the spam I get on it. Ironically, I only used it for anything Microsoft related... Go figure. @_@

B a M said,
I Don't use hotmail...too clunky... Gmail... FTW?

Gmail for the Crap
its a piece of crap specially the login to mailbox

jason13524 said,

If you want Google acessing all your emails then go for it.


<<snipped>>

Edited by xendrome, Sep 28 2010, 12:30am : double trolling

NPGMBR said,

Same here, however, I did take the time to "set" my account to Exclusive. That way, spam goes directly to my junk folder and to be honest I don't receive much and I've had my MSN/Hotmail account for over ten years

Same here but just lately I have found hotmail to be as slow a dog in mud