July 18, 2011

Microsoft improves Hotmail security

by Jan Harris

The first sign that an email account has been hacked is often when people start to receive spam from a friend’s account.

Hotmail users who notice this problem can now immediately report it via new “My friend was hacked!” feature, available on the ‘Mark As’ menu.

Dick Craddock, group program manager at Hotmail, acknowledged on his blog that hijacking is “a big problem” at Hotmail.

To counter this, the additional tab has been to the drop down menu, and it also allows users to report a suspected phishing attack.

To further boost security, Hotmail now prevents users from choosing weak passwords such as “password” and “123456” for their email account.

Earlier this month Hotmail reached its 15th Birthday, which Microsoft marked with the launch of an Outlook-style mini calendar and a search emails by date function.

Microsoft also boosted Hotmail’s speed through a combination of caching, preloading, and asynchronous operations.

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