Microsoft Improves Hotmail Security With Mobile Phone Authentication

In a move that is similar to Google’s recent increase in security for Gmail, Microsoft has introduced a new security feature to Hotmail that makes it harder to hijack accounts and making it easier for users to recover their accounts in the event it is hijacked. The new system allows users to register a mobile phone number that a secret code can be sent to via SMS in order to reset the password. Aside from that, a trusted computer can be set up with Hotmail in advance so that if the computer is used, Hotmail will automatically trust the communication and allow the user to reset the password. To make things more secure, in order to change the new security measure or add one, users will need to have access to at least one existing ownership verification method, ensuring that hijackers will not be able to lock legitimate users out of their accounts easily.

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