Do not give Microsoft your pop3 email account passwords!


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According to this Windows Live Blog entry Microsoft wants you to start checking your other pop3 email accounts such as your Gmail account from your Hotmail account.

Today we begin rolling out a feature that makes it easy to use Hotmail with any existing email address. Just as you can use Microsoft Outlook with an address from any service, you can now do the same with Hotmail on the web.
Implementing this was fairly straightforward given the architecture of Hotmail, our POP aggregation support, and the "Send As" feature that lets you send mail from any validated email address. We just needed to tweak the way we store and look up email addresses, build the first-run experience, and we had it.
To try it out, you just need to register and validate your email address.

I feel like I'm beating a dead horse here. Do not give Microsoft Hotmail or Live accounts access to your other pop3 email accounts! If anything you should be checking your Hotmail from your Gmail account, not the other way around. Why? Because the Hotmail service is vulnerable to tools that can be used to hack your email account. More information on the recent Hotmail and Facebook hack tool release is covered here -

Microsoft, I understand that you have a need to compete and that you would like to offer the same functionality as Gmail, but please make getting all of your webmail traffic SSL http:// enabled your top priority for your free webmail services.

For more tips about using, or not using, Microsoft Hotmail and Live webmail accounts please visit our free Hotmail Support Forum