All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Microsoft beefs up Hotmail security

28 Sep 2010
Windows logo

Microsoft is readying a security update for its Hotmail service designed to prevent attackers from compromising and managing user accounts.

The update, which is scheduled for October, includes full-site SSL security protection, rather than just using SSL on the site's log-in screen.

"Today, we are releasing new features to safeguard everyone's account from hijackers," wrote John Scarrow, general manager of security services at Microsoft, in a blog post.

"These updates help you protect your password and, in the unlikely event that a hijacker gains access to your account, provide a more secure recovery path so you will always be able to get your account back and kick the hijackers out."

The update will also add security proofs to the service, including mobile phone numbers and marking the user's computer as a 'trusted PC'. The options complement existing proofs, such as alternative email address and personal questions.

Microsoft also said that it is working to close loopholes which could allow an attacker to re-access a compromised account. Users will now be required to answer one security proof before being able to change others.

Other tools will analyse log-in history and account activity to help separate accounts set up by spammers from legitimate accounts that have been compromised.

This will help to streamline the detection and handling of fraudulent accounts, Microsoft said.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

More on Software
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

IT curriculum poll

With coding now compulsory in schools, how important are digital skills for the next generation of school leavers?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 video review

Galaxy S5 vs Note 3 video review

We see how Samsung's latest flagship compares to its premier phablet

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Senior Automation Test Analyst, Leeds

The Opportunity Our client is a hugely successful...

Front-Office Developer (C#, .NET, Java,Artificial Intelligence)

Front-Office Developer (C#, .NET, Java, Artificial Intelligence...

Head of IT Projects

Head of IT Projects Annual Salary: Up to £48,153...

Assistant IT Director

Assistant IT Director Annual Salary: Up to £74,954...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.