Microsoft touts data security on “Data Privacy Day”

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted January 28, 2011 10 comments

data-privacy-dayToday is “Data Privacy Day” (what, you didn’t take the day off?), and Microsoft is celebrating by rolling out a blog post on how much they’ve been doing lately to protect our accounts, especially in Hotmail.

The blog post, on the Inside Windows Live blog, by Dharmesh Mehta, points out that Hotmail has received the (first for any US based webmail service) TüV Trust IT Corp (edit, here’s the corrected link to TÜV TRUST IT) “seal of Trusted Email Service”, and Fox Business ranked Hotmail #1 for safety and security.  Microsoft has been working together with Google and the rest of the industry on data privacy and security, too.

Dharmesh goes on to highlight features like the shield icon and Microsoft Smartscreen, the single use code for Live ID, and more.

Do these data privacy advances make a big difference for you and how you use Hotmail?  How do you use Hotmail?  Take our poll (in the sidebar on LiveSide) and let us know what you think of Hotmail on this Data Privacy Day.

Posted January 28th, 2011 at 10:05 am
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail, privacy
  • majg

    I switched to IE8 because of the built-in privacy measures. InPrivate browsing to protect from some tracking, and InPrivate filtering for overly intrusive ads along with their Smartfilter tech.

    I wish you didn’t have to manually turn those features on, however. I’m ok with a performance hit for privacy controls. Now, I’d like to have a bit more performance (which IE9 seems well on it’s way to improving) and ‘always on’ privacy controls. (aka, no reg hacks to keep them enabled).

  • majg

    I switched to IE8 because of the built-in privacy measures. InPrivate browsing to protect from some tracking, and InPrivate filtering for overly intrusive ads along with their Smartfilter tech.

    I wish you didn’t have to manually turn those features on, however. I’m ok with a performance hit for privacy controls. Now, I’d like to have a bit more performance (which IE9 seems well on it’s way to improving) and ‘always on’ privacy controls. (aka, no reg hacks to keep them enabled).

  • TÜV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG

    Dear editors, the company link
    posted above incorrectly directs readers to the wrong TÜV company: TÜV Trust IT is a member of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group, which is centered around TÜV AUSTRIA Holding AG, an independent Austrian corporation based in Vienna. Please correct the article as follows:

    The appropriate URL of the main corporate homepage is http://www.tuv.at.

    Find the subsidiary TÜV TRUST IT @ http://www.it-tuv.com.

    Regards,

    TÜV AUSTRIA
    marketing@tuv.at

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Thanks, fixed. We pulled the link directly from the Inside Windows Live post, hopefully they’ve corrected it too ;)

      • http://www.tuv.at TUV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG

        Dear Mr. Kniskern,

        We would like to thank you very much for your rapid response, you have been of great help.

        As an English version of the original text explaining the certification process has just gone online, could you please specify the TUV TRUST IT link as follows:

        http://www.it-tuv.com/hotmail-english

        Regards,

        TUV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG
        marketing@tuv.at

  • TÜV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG

    Dear editors, the company link
    posted above incorrectly directs readers to the wrong TÜV company: TÜV Trust IT is a member of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group, which is centered around TÜV AUSTRIA Holding AG, an independent Austrian corporation based in Vienna. Please correct the article as follows:

    The appropriate URL of the main corporate homepage is http://www.tuv.at.

    Find the subsidiary TÜV TRUST IT @ http://www.it-tuv.com.

    Regards,

    TÜV AUSTRIA
    marketing@tuv.at

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Thanks, fixed. We pulled the link directly from the Inside Windows Live post, hopefully they’ve corrected it too ;)

      • http://www.tuv.at TUV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG

        Dear Mr. Kniskern,

        We would like to thank you very much for your rapid response, you have been of great help.

        As an English version of the original text explaining the certification process has just gone online, could you please specify the TUV TRUST IT link as follows:

        http://www.it-tuv.com/hotmail-english

        Regards,

        TUV AUSTRIA HOLDING AG
        marketing@tuv.at

  • Chris

    Is it just me or does that graphic look like it came straight from the late 90s early 2000s? Maybe more like 2001.

  • Chris

    Is it just me or does that graphic look like it came straight from the late 90s early 2000s? Maybe more like 2001.