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Hey! My friend’s email account was hacked!

Have you ever logged into your Hotmail email account and been surprised to see an email from someone you haven’t talked to in years?

Don’t open those emails!

Do you really think that your old girlfriend or college fling will really email you after all these years? Would that really be the form of communication they choose to use? Emailing your old email account you had all those years ago?

Many people cycle through email addresses faster than a used pair of jeans, so it’s unlikely that those old contacts that don’t speak with you anymore are really trying to contact you.

Most likely their account was hacked.

Hotmail released a blog post last month detailing the steps they are taking to decrease the amount of friend-related spam in your email accounts.

Here’s a summary of the important points in that article:

At Hotmail, we know that account hijacking is a big problem, and we continue to work hard to prevent it. We’ve noticed a couple of things about hijacked accounts. First, many accounts have weak passwords that make them easy targets for hijackers. Second, when someone’s account gets hijacked, their friends often find out before they do, because the hijacker uses their account to send spam or phishing email to all their contacts.

These two observations led us to develop a couple of new features that help protect your accounts. The first lets you report a friend’s account as compromised – a feature unique to Hotmail – and the second prevents you from using common passwords that make your account easy to hack.

We already wrote a post about securing your Hotmail account. It’s probably a good time to go review the steps now.

  1. Jergen08-08-11

    Love this new feature on Hotmail! I wish other providers like Yahoo and Gmail would do this as well/

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