Hotmail adds new security features

Another announcement on the Inside Windows Live blog today, looks like this is going to be a banner week for Windows Live news.  A number of new features designed to improve security and rid Hotmail of malicious accounts were announced today, including:

  • Hotmail detects if legitimate user accounts are compromised and treats them differently than accounts that spammers setup themselves to send spam, working with the user to help them recover their account.
  • New account proofs.  Cell 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 vacation auto-reply messages and linked accounts are suspended

These new features can make it easier both to keep “hijackers” out of your legitimate accounts to begin with, and also to make it easier to get your legitimate accounts back.  You can visit www.windowslivehelp.com/accountrecovery for more information or help with getting a legitimate Hotmail account back.