@AndyC:I would access hotmail or rather live.com about once a week or every other week. That's not what I would consider inactive.
@kettch: When providing a secondary email you are sent a confirmation in a random 30 day period. during which your account can be disabled.
If Microsoft decides to start disabling people's services, their live login account, and by extension any other service they use with their hotmail or outlook account, purely because they do not provide a cell phone number, then they are a bad business. Due to attitudes like yours, when given the opportunity I will dissuade my family, friends, my friends families, and others I meet in real life from buying or using Microsoft products or services.
I just want to clarify events leading up my hotmail/live account being locked.
I originally signed up for a hotmail account sometime around 1998. When I signed up at that time a phone number wasn't required and nor was a secondary email address. At some point in time my Microsoft converted my hotmail account into a "live" account.
Five or six weeks ago whenever I wanted to post here or check my email live began asking me for a phone number to send me a text message. I actually don't use a cell phone often, and when I do it's a prepaid cell phone, which is a great money saver.
About three weeks ago when I attempted to use hotmail I found I was locked out. Microsoft wanted to send me a text message to authorize my account to a non existent cell phone. Since I actually had no contact information, the hotmail site wanted a secondary email, but would only send the recovery information to that other account email some random time over a 30 day window (according to the instructions I would see whenever I tried to log in here or at hotmail or with any live serve for that matter).
Additionally, since my account was locked, it also put my other accounts in jeopardy. I could not get messages from godaddy, newegg, ebay, monoprice, ect. All of this because Microsoft decided that because I pressed skip a few times when asked to provide a cell phone number for authorization code text message my account would be locked.
I've since updated all my contact information for godaddy, ebay, and more to use my gmail account, which doesn't lock me out when I press skip if they ask for a cell phone number.
So I guess I'll not be using hotmail or any windows live or other Microsoft sites anymore.
Starting last month the live login process began asking me to provide extra authentication linking my phone number and text messages to my live account. I didn't add a mobile number and now I can no longer sign into my live account.
To make thing more difficult, Microsoft then forced me to wait for some random point within the next 30 days to add extra security to my account, and until then I cannot use live login.
Microsoft you lost a long time customer and I'll be sure to spread the word. It was nice knowing you guys on channel 9, thanks.
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and I will make you cry.
I make guys have to pee
and girls comb their hair.
I make celebrities look stupid
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I turn pancakes brown
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If you squeeze me, I'll pop.
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Can you guess the riddle?
97% of Harvard graduates can not figure this riddle out, but 84% of kindergarten students were able to figure this out in 6 minutes or less. Can you guess the correct answer? Just repost this bulletin with the title "The World's Hardest Riddle", and then check your inbox. You'll get a message with the correct answer in it. Good luck!
I believe the answer is NO! The last line in the riddle says "Can you guess the riddle? and most kindergartens would answer no.
Here is more information regarding XKeyscore from a top secret presentation created in 2008:
It would seem that the NSA likes searching your word and excel documents, especially if you do something suspicious like use encryption.
Edward Snowden via Glen Greenwald shed more light today on what he meant when he said given an email address he could wiretap anyone:
What's interesting here is seeing the actual NSA analyst search forms which are simple browser based applications. An analyst fills out a keyword, email address or website name (wildcards can be used) and select a search reason from a limited drop list, then clicks "submit" and he/she can find out a whole lot about you. This includes your web browsing history, online chats, emails, locations you've logging in from. All this is done without a warrant.
@dahat: Yeah, not to mention how costly it all is (1.7 billion for their new data warehouse). I guess what they are doing is continuing to improve their software and just storing everything off (which is why they need the new facility) until they get their software to the point where it can be parsed (pattern recognition) more intelligently.
One thing is for sure, the government really wants to hold on to all this data (US citizens email, voice/video/text chat, photos, contents of cloud storage accounts like S3 skydrive google drive, video conferences, and social network activity details).