A few days ago, we discussed the changes to the Gmail privacy policy, and today we want to take a look at another popular webmail service: Outlook (formerly Hotmail).

How to improve the privacy of your Hotmail account

There are several things you can do to improve the privacy of your Outlook account. First, from your inbox go to ‘More mail settings’.

Outlook - Inbox

This gives you a range of options, some of which can help you improve the privacy of your account.   Outlook - More email settings For example, in ‘Safe and blocked senders’ you can decide who can contact you and who can’t. You can also configure safe mailing lists.

Outlook - Safe and blocked senders

It is easy to add an address to the list of ‘Blocked senders’. Just enter the address and click ‘Add to list’.

Outlook - blocked senders

  The ‘Advanced Privacy settings’ also give you useful options. The ‘Auto-complete suggestions’ option lets you choose whether Outlook suggests addresses from your list of contacts or anyone that you have communicated with at sometime or other.

Outlook - Advanced privacy settings

As you can see, there are numerous options to customize your Outlook settings. In just a few minutes you can ensure that the service is more secure and better adapted to your needs.