Microsoft rushes out a password bugfix for Hotmail

HotmailMicrosoft today have fixed a password bug in their Hotmail email service, in which a hacker could gain access to an account and change the users password, thus not only locking the user out of their account, but potentially stealing sensitive data.

“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.

News of the critical bug spread rapidly across underground hacking forums, and Whitec0de reported earlier this week that hackers were offering to break into any Hotmail account for as little as $20.

It appears that the vulnerability existed in Hotmail’s password reset feature. Hackers were able to use a Firefox add-on called Tamper Data to bypass the normal protections put in place to protect Hotmail accounts.”

Read the full article at NakedSecurity blog from Sophos HERE

How to keep spam and junk from your Hotmail email account

HotmailEmail spam is a sad fact these days of the internet and those wishing to try and either infect you with malware to try and steal your hard earned cash from your bank, to conning you in to sending cash to some random Nigerian prince who has left you $1m in a will.

So how can you protect yourself, well if you have Microsoft’s Hotmail email (other email services such as Gmail, Yahoo etc can do similar) then you can use the hints and tips from the link below to read how to, “sweep it away”, “Manage Folders” to “Find and Filter email”.

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“Whether you’re a filer who keeps things tidy, or a piler with a bursting inbox, Hotmail has tools to help you get more done, so you can focus on the things that matter.

Sweep your way to a clean inbox

Do you dread opening your inbox after a long vacation? Luckily, Hotmail comes with Sweep, so you can automatically clean out your inbox whenever it needs it.

Imagine a world with no spammers

It’s hard to find important messages when your inbox is full of junk. That’s why Hotmail has taken a hammer to spam. With Microsoft SmartScreen—that’s the technology that governments and businesses use to fight spam—Hotmail now blocks 98 percent of all spam that tries to enter your inbox.

Follow up on important messages

Each day, new messages arrive and push down older ones in your inbox. When you flag a message, it stays at the top of your inbox until you decide what to do with it. That keeps you on track and on top of your busy life.”

Read the full guide and tips HERE

Hotmail Aliases

Hotmail LiveHotmail has added a new feature (although Gmail has had this option for a while) which adds to the service in one good way, it allows you to create an alias email account off your main Hotmail account, this is handy as a disposable email address for signing up for online retailers so that you can selectively have all emails from one retailer in it’s own folder, say your email address is fred@hotmail.com well if you shop at say Amazon, you could setup fred+amazon@hotmail.com on Amazon as your email address, so that all emails from Amazon would go into that specific email folder.

“Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account. Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address, the new aliasing feature makes it easy to use a different email address and still get all the benefits of Hotmail without having to change your primary email address and online identity.

The email address a person uses is a big part of their online identity. The average person maintains three different email addresses in order to organize different types of email, maintain different personas, or keep junk mail away from a primary email address. So there are many good reasons that people want multiple email addresses, but maintaining multiple accounts, with different user names and passwords that require you to check multiple inboxes, is inefficient. With today’s update, Hotmail helps you save time by making it easier to manage your current and future email addresses in one place.”

To setup open Hotmail and click the Options cog icon of the Inbox as in the image below

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Then follow the prompts to setup this extra email alias, do choose New Folder so these emails are filtered into a separate folder for ease of access, you will then see a new folder with this email alias in your folder list.

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To delete this alias once finished click the  Options cog icon of the Folder and choose Manage Folders and tick and delete the one you want to remove as in the above image.

Read more HERE