Hotmail gets secure HTTPS option

Microsoft has begun offering Hotmail users the option to turn on HTTPS security

Microsoft on Tuesday began offering users the option to secure their Hotmail sessions with HTTPS data encryption.

While the Hotmail sign-in process has been secured using SSL, the transfer of e-mail wasn't, Microsoft said.

To enable the security feature, users visit their account settings page. Once users enable HTTPS, all of their future connections to Hotmail will be delivered over SSL, wrote Dick Craddock, group program manager for Windows Live Hotmail, in a blog post about the feature.

He also said that the SkyDrive, Photos, Docs and Devices pages now automatically use SSL encryption.

Some people began noticing the HTTPS option for Hotmail a few days ago.

Microsoft follows Google by years in offering the secure option. In mid-2008, Google first started offering Gmail users the option to use secure connections. Earlier this year, following attacks on Google originating in China that included hacking into Gmail accounts of China human rights activists, Google turned on HTTPS for all Gmail users by default.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's e-mail address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com

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