Microsoft Recycling Outlook, Live, and Hotmail Accounts

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d3v

The problem they face is that they have a limited supply of desirable names for users. There are only so many digits you are going to try to add to your name before you give up and go to google or something. So they have to recycle names or there won't be any left!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

OK, I have to bring this up. Anyone read this:

"Outlook.com is different. We don't scan the content of your email to target you with ads, and don't spam your inbox with ads that look like personal email."

They are not saying that they do not scan the content of your email. Rather, they only specify that they do not scan the email with the intent of generating targeted advertising.

They do scan your email. They may be doing it for law enforcement, homeland security, data collection, or just for kicks. But Microsoft scans your email, same as everyone else.

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Cregan89

Outside of SPAM filtering, I actually doubt they're scanning your email CONTENT. It would just cost a massive amount of money with no real benefit unless they're using it to target ads. They're probably scanning the header information though, but again, most of that scanning would fall under SPAM filtering (building up trusted email lists, SMTP server blacklists, etc).

And they're not scanning your emails for law enforcement. They just ask for a warrant, and hand it over. They don't care what's in the email.

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jgottberg

I think it's safe to say at this point that we can put the notion of privacy to bed. We don't have it. If you are plugged in, you're fair game.

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davelray

Since when was email ever really "private?" It's always been one of the least secure methods of communication. It gets stored and/or cached in multiple locations as it's being sent. And even at that, after 180 days it can be read without warrant by any government agency that would care to. So I could care less whether they scan it for ads or not. If you want private and secure communication, do it face to face.

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jgottberg

Well, it was thought to be private when emails were sent with encryption. Now that we know the NSA has their hands down the pants of most software vendors that offer mail services, that no longer seems the case.

And face to face isn't necessarily an option when we have 9 offices in 5 states. But agreed... That's the only way to maintain total confidentiality.

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attache

Very informative and suggestive post. Your writing is also good as well.

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Mikey109105

I log into my hotmail for the heck of it every few days even though I use mail.com mainly.

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dgrmouse

This is stupid. It costs them nothing to permanently delete the username. The risk of impersonation is too great to justify.

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pastorbob

"The risk of impersonation is too great to justify."

If the account has been deleted, the username no longer tied to your personal info. Just sayin'.

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automaticman

It's not even the risk of being impersonated. Consider this scenario:

You sign up for online banking (or literally any other site with personal info). You enter your Hotmail address as a secondary email address (or even the primary) and then forget you added it there.

You stop using your Hotmail account, the email address gets recycled, and now whoever signed up for the recycled address is getting copied on all of your bank statements whether they intended to impersonate you or not.

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davelray

If you set it up as either secondary or primary, what's the likelihood you'd go that long without checking it? But if you were that foolish to do so, then it's your own responsibility, not Microsoft's. And by the way, bank's do NOT email bank statements. They may send a notification that your statement is ready, but no personal information is divulged, other than you might figure out a previous email address owner has an account at such and such bank. But again, it's the user's personal responsibility to keep tabs on things.

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davelray

If you are that worried about someone impersonating you, then you best log in once a month or so. I don't see it as that big of a deal.

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Markitzero

I wonder if logging into game for windows live counts because I don't use live for email, I use only gmail for email.

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theJimKidd

http://scroogled.com/email/

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MiGreen

If you don't use it, you lose it. Why do you think so many blogger have no common sense?

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Scatter

Sounds fair enough.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I've lost two.