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simple reasons as to why Windows Live sucks

I’ve started using my Microsoft Hotmail Windows Live account again, and it didn’t take a hard look to find 2 reasons why it is vastly inferior to Google Mail:

  1. Informations are passed on a transparent HTTP connection. Gmail uses encrypted HTTPS all session long.
  2. Windows Live allow me to search keywords in ONE message at a time. Gmail allows me to search keywords in the frickin’ thousands of email I have been getting since opening my account.

Way to go Microsoft, Bing! must be a big threat to Google if you’ve put the same attention to detail in developing it.

Update: last week, Microsoft reported that thousands of Hotmail accounts were exposed over a phishing attack. I know better than to click on an email link to log into my account, so it seems that many of those exposed accounts were used to corrupt the Hotmail network, including my own account. I got about 20 spam mail allegedly sent by contacts, and 10 mail sending failure notices to contacts from my Hotmail list. I proceeded to change my password, and it now seems that the Hotmail spam filter is temporarily disabled, letting all the junk mail reach my inbox. I’m sure this is prompting a lot of long time Hotmail users to move to a more serious provider like gMail or Yahoo.

Update: Turns out my vacation reply has somehow been activated, featured the same text I’ve seen on and on, and was set to reply to every incoming mail (which according to Microsoft makes me more vulnerable):

Dear friend,
how were you going? I would like to introduce you an really good space,there are mainly run various kinds of famous electornic products, it’s true charm pioneer.Now the company is under promotion, all of the products are sold nearly as the same as their cost.
Charmpioneer renders the best service to customers, and provides you with original products which are very cheap, but good-quality.
It is really a good opportunity for taking action, let’s go,just do it, and you will fall in love with it.

The web address: (www.)brcian.com

Update: Now I noticed that my contact list has completely dissapeared whenever I connect with an IM client.

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careful with SSL connections

A flaw in most browsers could allow crackers to trick the application in diplaying a connection as secure when in fact it is not.

Websites that use an enhanced form of digital authentication remain just as vulnerable to a common form of spoofing attack as those that use less costly certificates, two researchers have found.

Researchers poke holes in super duper SSL • The Register

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Now you can catch viruses through social networks too

Crackers have recently started taking advantage of the success of social networking sites to lure unsuspecting users towards phising or malware-loaded pages. Simple advice: be weary of files or page links sent to you through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Read the article from The Wall Street Journal.

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