A Microsoft account—formerly known as a Windows Live ID—is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services such as Xbox LIVE and Outlook.com, as well as devices such as Windows Phone and computers running Windows 8.
If you think your Microsoft account has been hacked, we recommend that you reset your password right away. To change your Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) password, sign in to your Microsoft account, and then go to the Password section.
If you have added security information to your account and you have lost your password or your account is compromised, you can request an account-recapture code that Microsoft will send you in a text message or an alternate email address to help you regain access to your account.
If you receive an email message about the security of your Microsoft account, it could be a phishing scam. Don’t click links in any messages unless you trust or check with the sender. Instead, reset your password. Note: Microsoft does not send unsolicited communication that requests personal information. For more information, see Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently
Scammers can get into your email account by installing malicious software on your computer without your knowledge. Make sure you use antivirus software that updates automatically, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, which is available for computers that are running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP. If you’re using Windows 8, you already have antivirus and antispyware protection called Windows Defender.
To learn how to adjust privacy settings in your Microsoft account, see Privacy and your Microsoft account.
I want to report this person his name is Ismael carlos hernandez his hacking all my information I would like to see if you guys could do somes thing he goes by DVSsmiley
You forgot to mention 2 factor authentication! When used with the tips in your article it massively increases security for very little effort. It's real simple with a Windows Phone or Android device.
I cannot install microsoft security esentials, many time waiting...
I have installed Security Essentials. I have Windows XP.
I get an elert that my Virus Protection is turned off.
However, there are no specific instructions as to turning Virus Protection on.\
Appreciate any help.
What system do you have?
If it is Windows 8, than it is already there.
If other, than you need to install. If it is not installing, than you might have a virus on your system.
@Harry Ziff email@example.com
If it is off, than you most likely have a virus.
Click on Control Panel, Programs and Features, and then check the listings of installed programs
Check for programs you do not recognize, especially "Toolbar" programs.
Highlight what you do not recognize and go to the top and click on "un-install".
Reboot and run the defragment program
Hope this works for you !
Harry, If your virus protection is turned and will not turn on, follow these steps: Go to Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services, then scroll down to Microsoft Anti-malware service and click Start. If it is greyed out, scroll down to Security Centre and click re start.
do i HAVE to give Microsoft my phone number? all i want to use is hotmail.