Hotmail encryption by default

More and more organizations are getting rid of their email servers and having workers use the free web based services such as Gmail and Hotmail. In a tight economy, it makes business sense – but the use of those public services for work-related communications can create a major security concern.

Microsoft has recently announced that Hotmail users will be able to set their accounts to use SSL encryption by default for encrypting email, calendar and contacts. They will need to enable full session HTTPS. Note, however, that this won’t work with the Outlook Hotmail Connector, Windows Live Mail or the Windows Live application for Windows Mobile and Nokia.

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