Microsoft Boosts Hotmail Security

Kara Reeder

Microsoft has revamped Windows Live Hotmail to boost security.


According to Computerworld, Microsoft is adding what Walter Harp, Hotmail's director of product management, calls "proofs" to protect against hijacking, or let users more easily recover control if their account has been hijacked.


One proof will link a specific computer to a user's account. Another will be the user's mobile phone: If a user loses control of his or her account, Hotmail will send the user a notification and new password by phone. Users can also ask Microsoft to text them a one-time password.


The updated Hotmail is scheduled to roll out June 15.


Facebook, too, has been making changes to stymie account hijacking. The company recently rolled out a new feature that lets users approve the devices they use to log in and then notify them whenever their account is accessed from a device they previously haven't approved.

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