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  • Blog Post: Online fraud: Get practical advice

    Need help spotting an online scam? Download our new free 12-page booklet called Online Fraud: Your Guide to Prevention, Detection, and Recovery . This guide includes: Real-world examples of false promises made in fake emails Images of scam emails to help you avoid them Tips for guarding...
  • Blog Post: Try Outlook.com

    Outlook.com is Microsoft’s new free cloud email service for personal use. You can use Outlook.com with the Outlook desktop application, via the web at http://outlook.com , or via other email apps that support Exchange ActiveSync or POP3. The new Outlook.com offers several security and privacy...
  • Blog Post: Research firm rates spam filters

    Spam filters for email programs are a little like the roof on a house. You wouldn’t want to live without one, but some are better than others. Recent research from Cascade Insights showed that no email program they tested did better than Hotmail at filtering spam. Get tricks for getting rid...
  • Blog Post: Beware of “confirm your account” scams

    Last week a member of our team shared a phishing scam that she’d received in her personal email account. The bogus email claims to come from Microsoft and asks the recipient to respond to the email with their user name and password to avoid permanent cancellation of their account. This is a...
  • Blog Post: Hotmail: Three new security improvements

    The Hotmail team has been busy. Three of our favorite new security improvements are: No more easy passwords. You might know that millions of people use the word “password” as their password. But did you know that millions of people also use “ilovecats” and “gogiants”...
  • Blog Post: Secure your Hotmail account

    We used to recommend that you increase the security of your Hotmail account by creating a new account, one that you would give to online retailers or other organizations that might send a lot of unwanted email . Now, if you have a Hotmail account, you can create an alias within your account instead...
  • Blog Post: Beware of Facebook email scams

    A friend recently forwarded us the email below because they thought it was a scam. They were right. This email is a great example of three easy ways to detect a scam . Spelling and bad grammar. Cybercriminals are not known for their impeccable grammar and spelling. A professional company like...
  • Blog Post: Hotmail hacked? Change your password

    We received this email message from a reader: "My Hotmail account keeps getting hacked and my contacts are getting a message from me requesting money. I had gotten two [email messages] from Microsoft asking me to confirm my Hotmail account with my password. It happened twice and I thought it was...
  • Blog Post: Fraud alert: “Your account will be deleted”

    A reader of this blog recently received the following suspicious email: "This Email is from Hotmail Customer Care. We are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and your account was among those to be deleted. We are sending...
  • Blog Post: Three new Hotmail security features we love

    There's a new version of Microsoft's free webmail service and it's coming your way soon . The new Windows Live Hotmail offers cool new features like more storage, the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents, and better interaction with your favorite websites. But what we really like are the ways...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer on cloud computing

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently outlined the company’s cloud computing strategy in a speech at the University of Washington in Seattle. The CEO described how from Windows Azure to Windows Live , Microsoft is embracing cloud technology. In fact, Ballmer said approximately 70 percent of people...
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