Recently, I read an article that says that Microsoft is going to use a better method than Gmail for authenticating into its webmail client, Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail). If you read the article, Microsoft never actually says that their security will be better than Gmail’s, rather: Gmail gives users the option of using two-factor authentication. You sign in with your password, but they also send you a text message and you have to enter that in, too. Thus, you need two pieces of information – your password (which a spammer could conceivably steal) and your cellphone, which a spammer would have a much more difficult time getting. To get both at the same time is even more challenging for a random spammer. This is outlined on Google’s blog here . Microsoft also offers single use code. However, Microsoft also requires the use of strong passwords which is a trend in industry so users don’t enter “12345678”.
- 16th August 2012
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