Secure your Hotmail account

We used to recommend that you increase the security of your Hotmail account by creating a new account, one that you would give to online retailers or other organizations that might send a lot of unwanted email.

Now, if you have a Hotmail account, you can create an alias within your account instead of creating an entirely new account. Mail addressed to your alias will go to a separate folder that you designate. When you’re done with the alias, you can get rid of it.

Whomever you give this address to will not know your real email address. This means less spam and more privacy.

Hotmail lets you create up to five email aliases within your account each year. You can create a different alias for each aspect of your online life. For example, you might have one alias for gaming, one for communicating with old friends, and one for your work life.

For step-by-step instructions, see Aliases in Windows Live Hotmail.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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5 comments
  1. Anonymous

    I have been locked out of my MSN email account.  Gave my cell # for a return code to reset my password which I have been waiting for 4 days.

    I also left verification info for help back from MSN 2 days ago with no success.  HELP!  

  2. Anonymous

    Why do I keep getting pop up message saying website wants to open web content outside protected mode.

    Also does it cost me to download Java please?

    Kind regards

    Paula

  3. Anonymous

    Computer history,

    April to September 2010 and then my computer is damaged and many documents are missing.

    Septeber until completely destroyed Mart 2011

    just replace the hard drive to date.

    Old data is not there anymore.

  4. Anonymous

    If I am not mistaken, the email will still have your name on it.  Therefore is this really worth it?

  5. Anonymous

    my ex-boyfriend was checking my e-mail, we don't use the same computer,I changed my password twice and he still can get into my e-mail and read my messages I don't know how he can get in. What can I do?

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