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3 ways to make your account safer

Secure your account in 3 easy steps

Following up on our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes for users of Microsoft's (formerly known as Hotmail and, for a while, Windows Live Hotmail).

SSCC 140 - Does Windows have more holes than OS X? Whither messaging privacy? [PODCAST]


How bad is the latest Microsoft Word 0-day? Does OS X really need patching less often than Windows? What does Gmail's move to HTTPS-only really mean? And if WhatsApp has privacy coded into its DNA, is it coded into its app, too?

Chet and Duck get stuck in...

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail as part of leak investigation

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail

Microsoft has admitted that it had read a former employee's email to confirm he had leaked confidential company information. While the search is considered legal, the company's actions have drawn attention from privacy violation critics.

Forbes Hack password shootout: Gmail vs Yahoo vs Hotmail vs AOL - whose users are the smartest?


Which webmail service has the smartest users? And are they getting smarter over time?

Paul Ducklin tries to use the password data from the Forbes hack to find the answers...

Is Microsoft recycling old and Windows Live email accounts?

Microsoft may recycle old and Windows Live accounts

Microsoft follows in Yahoo's footsteps by recycling your email address if you don't sign in to your mail account every 270 days.

Phishing attack against MSN/Hotmail users - a new year, but old tricks still persist

MSN and Hotmail

You would like to think that computer users are getting smarter about securing their systems, and not falling for the age-old tricks used by cybercriminals.

However, we still see our fair share of elementary unsophisticated attacks designed to steal credentials from the unwary.

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 20 stories of the week

Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Microsoft rushes out fix after hackers reset passwords to hack Hotmail accounts

Microsoft rushes out fix after hackers change passwords to hack Hotmail accounts

Microsoft says it has fixed a serious vulnerability in Hotmail, that was allowing hackers to reset account passwords, locking out the account's real owner and giving attackers access to users' inboxes.

Hotmail phishing: Don't send us the wrong password or we'll suspend your account!

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail

Did you receive a message saying that Hotmail's email servers were congested, and so they were removing all unused accounts?

If so, I hope you responded to the email with a roll of the eyes and a quick stab of the delete button. Because if you didn't, you might have been at risk of having your login credentials stolen.

Hotmail fights back against hacked email accounts

Hotmail fights back against hacked email accounts

Hotmail introduces a feature to make it quicker and easier for control of the hacked email accounts to be returned to their rightful owners.

Hotmail password phishing again

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I am a very lucky guy. In fact, I must be the luckiest person in the world since spammers like to send all kinds of lucky spam to me. These days, I get inundated with lucky spam. The last spam I Read more…

Yahoo phish caught in action

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Many customers and journalists have been asking if I have any sample phishes that could be representative of the disclosed usernames and passwords this week. A colleague of mine actually received one today and I thought I would share it Read more…

Hotmail password phishing update: "All your credentials are belong to us"

Hotmail password phishing update: "All your credentials are belong to us"

Today brought forth a new wave of details and even more questions related to the disclosure of Hotmail, MSN, and Live! credentials revealed yesterday by This morning BBC reported on another 20,000 credentials posted on They also disclosed Read more…

Hotmail passwords heisted by hackers

Image (1) phishing250.jpg for post 2878 is reporting that over 10,000 usernames and passwords were publicly disclosed from users of,, and email services. All of the accounts initially posted begin with the letter a or b, suggesting that this may be the Read more…

The funniest thing I've seen today

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I'm indebted to @bobmcmillan for tweeting about this and bringing it to my attention. It certainly brought a smile to my face. A dude called Mesmero has posted a request for a coder on Nothing unusual in that, of Read more…

Nigerian scammers hack into Jack Straw's email account

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Hackers have broken into the web email account of UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph, and sent out hundreds of emails attempting to defraud the politican's friends and constituents. The emails were sent Read more…

Google Chrome pretends to be Safari to outfox Hotmail

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The Google Chrome web browser has been updated to fix a "high severity" security vulnerability that could be exploited by data thieves. Version of Chrome fixes a few security issues - including one involving the Adobe Reader plug-in that Read more…