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Jul 31 2011   10:07PM GMT

Hotmail Beefs Up Security

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Have you ever gotten a message from a friend that turned out to be spam or a phishing attack–perhaps a message your friend didn’t really send, and probably isn’t even aware of? Of course you have.

Microsoft has added some new features to Hotmail to try and prevent such things. The new Hotmail security works from both ends–one to strengthen Hotmail account security in the first place, and the second to make it easier to identify and flag accounts that have been compromised.

A Microsoft Privacy and Safety blog post explains:

At Hotmail, we know that account hijacking is a big problem, and we continue to work hard to prevent it. We’ve noticed a couple of things about hijacked accounts. First, many accounts have weak passwords that make them easy targets for hijackers. Second, when someone’s account gets hijacked, their friends often find out before they do, because the hijacker uses their account to send spam or phishing email to all their contacts.

These two observations led us to develop a couple of new features that help protect your accounts. The first lets you report a friend’s account as compromised – a feature unique to Hotmail – and the second prevents you from using common passwords that make your account easy to hack.

Click here to read the complete post.

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