How to keep your hotmail account secure: What you need to know
A hotmail user’s personal information has become a hot topic in recent years, and a new report from security researchers suggests it’s not just an internet-connected thing.
The report, which focuses on a new class of exploits, warns of a growing number of malware that use the information for nefarious purposes.
The attacks have become so sophisticated that many hotmail accounts are being compromised.
This year, the security firm ThreatConnect reported that more than a billion accounts were compromised, and the company says that the figure is increasing year over year.
“This number is growing rapidly,” said Matt Coker, ThreatConnect’s chief security officer.
“The malware developers are adding new types of attack vectors to their toolsets, including the creation of new types and types of remote code execution vulnerabilities.”
In other words, if your account has been compromised, the malware developer may have the ability to send out commands to get your account back online.
Hotmail’s recent changes to how it handles users’ information have been controversial.
In April, Hotmail updated its policies, stating that it will no longer require users to opt in to email messages and will instead only provide them when asked.
However, this move did not stop hackers from stealing personal information and sending it to other users.
Earlier this month, researchers from the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro said that they were able to exploit a vulnerability in the software that Hotmail uses to automatically send messages to users.
This vulnerability allowed them to obtain a user’s email address, password, and other sensitive information.
The Hotmail software update was released in September, and now the company has removed it.
Trend Micro has warned users that they should review their email policies to be sure they have sufficient information to send and receive mail, and it recommends that users use the “email” app, not a Gmail or Outlook account.