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My Hotmail (Microsoft Outlook) email address being attacked repeatedly

Started by ssfc72, June 09, 2024, 09:22:01 AM

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ssfc72

I went into my security settings on my Hotmail (Microsoft Outlook) account and found that my account was being repeatedly every few minutes, trying to be accessed with a wrong password, from locations all over the world.

I didn't look to see how long (many days) this is been going on but I think it has probably been months or years.

I am in the process of trying to go to my important Contacts and changing my email address to another email account, that isn't Outlook.com

When I have done that, I will be deleting my Hotmail email account.
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Jason

Weird. I would guess it's not a specific attack on you but on hotmail/outlook generally using randomized characters. Unless you have a weak password, I wouldn't worry about it. The same thing could happen with an email address with a popular domain anywhere.
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William

At least, Hotmail shows all the failed login attempts.  Yahoo/Gmail don't, or if they do, it's buried.

ssfc72

It was alarming to me, that my email account was being attacked every few minutes, on a continuing rate.

My password was fairly strong but it has been quite awhile since I changed my password so I just recently changed it and made it longer and stronger.  I usually change all my passwords about once or twice a year.

I have a password manager program (KeepassX), so remembering the new passwords is not a problem.
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buster

About 10-15 years ago I suddenly had a stream of unending emails on my Hotmail account, and being lazy I deleted it.

It's not very often I see a Hotmail account amongst friends anymore. Many Gmail.
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Jason

My wife often gets emails directed to her that she never signed up for, things like political campaigns and such usually related to the UK. We think somebody has a nearly identical address and entered hers by mistake. 'Wallwork' is an uncommon (rare?) name here but in the UK it's quite common, and in Australia, oddly.

I have an email address with my own domain like all true geeks. :) If you know my first and last name, and where I'm from for the suffix, you know the domain name already. I had an address with it I really liked but somehow it got on a spam list. I had to create a new one; what a pain in the ass moving everything over. But gmail is still my main account, for now.
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ssfc72

That is interesting, Jason.

So, if I wanted to create my own personal email, would I just pay the yearly fee for a Domain name, of my choosing (such as  ssfc72.ca ), and then my email address would work as,  bill.hopkins@ssfc72.ca   ??

Ok, I just did a bit of internet searching and it looks to me that to get my own personal email address, I would first need to buy a domain name that I create, from a domain name provider such as GoDaddy ( cost about $25/yr ), then from my GoDaddy account, I would have to buy an email service, for the email name that I create (cost about $25/yr ).  Total yearly cost would probably be around $57 with the tax.
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