We all have numerous email accounts.  I have had a Hotmail account for over 10 years now and while some of my friends still use this to contact me on i mainly use it for newsletters, subscriptions etc.

Normally anything I do with my Hotmail email is read, delete or archive.  This time i noticed a new option.

My friend's been hacked

 

Having a quick search about led me to this blog post over on the Hotmail blog:

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/07/14/hey-my-friend-s-account-was-hacked.aspx

What’s interesting is that I thought it would be locked down do only email addresses on a live domain but the post determines that it works with any email address:

Of course, we didn’t want to stop there; we wanted to go a step farther and make it work for any email account. After all, even if you’re a Hotmail user, you probably get email from friends using other email providers, and those accounts can get compromised, too.

It’s good to see extra security features being developed and implemented. This is a big step in the right direction to prevent accounts being abused to the point of no return.

I hope that other providers like Google follow.

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