Default HTTPS Encryption Available For Hotmail
Hotmail users are now able to encrypt their entire Hotmail session, an advancement Microsoft believes will increase security for users of the popular e-mail service.
On Nov. 9, Microsoft offered users the chance to encrypt their Hotmail session with HTTPS data encryption via secure socket layers (SSL) protection. SSL encryption is currently used to secure users only when they sign-in to Hotmail; the new feature will enable it until the user logs out of the session.
Users can enable HTTPS encryption for their Hotmail inbox, calendar, and contacts by going to https://account.live.com/ManageSSL. Once this feature is activated, all future connections will be encrypted over SSL by default, wrote Microsoft's Dick Craddock in a Windows Live post.
By using a connection with advanced security features, you can be even more confident that your account is safer from hijackers, and your private information is less likely to fall into someone else's hands, Craddock wrote.
Hotmail features such as Outlook Hotmail Connector and Windows Live Mail are not available once HTTPS encryption is enabled.