Microsoft introduces two new kinds of proofs for Hotmail account recovery

Today, Microsoft introduced two new kinds of proofs for account recovery. You can now link up your hotmail account to your PC as also your mobile phone for enhanced security.

Trusted PC is a unique new proof that lets you link your Hotmail account with one or more of your personal computers. Then, if you ever need to regain control of your account by resetting your password, you simply need to be using your computer and we will know you are the legitimate owner.

The second new proof option is your cell phone number, where Hotmail will send a secret code via SMS that can be used to reset your password and reclaim your account.

Additionally, Microsoft is making account recovery more secure in Hotmail. Before you can add a new proof or change any existing ones, you will need to be able to access at least one existing proof. For example, if your account was already set up with an alternate email proof and you wanted to add a cell phone number as well, you would need to use the alternate email address to do it.

This means that even if a hijacker steals your password, they can’t lock you out of your account or create backdoors for themselves. You will always be able to get your account back and kick the hijackers out.

If your account has no proofs set up and you lose access, then to get it back you will need to work with Hotmail Account Recovery support team.

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