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Windows Live Mail & Hotmail Outlook Connector Now Secured

By July 12, 2011

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In a recent update to Hotmail, Microsoft enabled the use of HTTPS (a protocol that allows your computer to communicate with a remote server securely) for all connections from a browser to your Hotmail/Windows Live service. This feature was optional for all users employing the hotmail service for their messaging needs.

HTTPS Hotmail Connection

Updates to Outlook Hotmail Connector and Windows Live Mail bring a more secure connection to Microsoft's servers from your computer. I've always recommended webmail users to enable this optional safeguard, which is now standard for all Hotmail users.

This means that from now on all connections to your Hotmail account from your browser, Outlook Connector, and Windows Live Mail are secured. This is a phenomenal feature if you use public hotspots to access your email.

I think this is a move in the right direction as most users don't know how vulnerable they are when connected to public wireless networks.

The updated version of Hotmail Outlook Connector is available now. The update to Windows Live Mail should be out before the end of July so watch out for the update when it appears in Windows Update.

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July 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm
(1) E Dixon says:

Something happened yesterday to my Windows Live Mail: When I tried to send an email this morning my CONTACTS list was empty. The screens that I now see to select a contact have changed from what was there a few days ago. If you have any ideas on how to recover, please contact me.

July 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(2) windows says:

You may want to make sure you are connected to the Internet. If that doesn’t solve your problem then you may want to try removing your Windows Live account and adding it again. Let me know if that helped.

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