Microsoft beefs up Outlook-to-Hotmail security Adds HTTPS support to Outlook Hotmail Connector tool for Windows
By Gregg Keizer
July 8, 2011 11:40 AM ET
Computerworld - Microsoft on Thursday boosted the security of a tool that lets Outlook users send and receive messages through the company's Web-based Hotmail service.
The new Outlook Hotmail Connector supports HTTPS, a protocol that encrypts all traffic between the email client and the Windows Live Hotmail service.
Microsoft added an all-HTTPS option
to Hotmail in November 2010, in part as a reaction to Firesheep, a Firefox add-on released the month earlier that let anyone scan an unsecured Wi-Fi network and hijack others' access
and a host of other services.
This week's update to Outlook Hotmail Connector is a follow-up to Microsoft
's 2010 move.
"Using a connection with HTTPS helps you be even more confident that your account is safer from hijackers, and that your private information remains private," the Outlook team wrote on its official blog