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I've come to hate Hotmail and Yahoo off late because of their intrusive security settings. I'd travel to a different country and Hotmail/Yahoo force me to get a code from my alternate e-mail addresses, and since I'd use Yahoo for Hotmail of course that went into an irritating loop. What I then did was to change the alternate e-mail to a gmail, as gmail is relatively easier - although lately gmail is also making it more challenging to travel to a different country. Until recently when someone came up with a check script to test whether one's e-mail has been penetrated - the person who came up with the script is an Ozzie, and when I did some research on the script looks quite legit:
I then discovered that during an Adobe scandal thousands of users' e-mail addresses got hacked - which is why the Ozzie designed the above script. I found one of my hotmail addresses penetrated, but then discovered that when I had changed my alternate e-mail address that I had inadvertently secured the e-mail from further hacking as well. Looks like one should in addition to changing passwords regularly, also change the alternate e-mail addresses. This experience also taught me that Hotmail has a more stringent security policy. Not that it makes sense all of the time, I still hate it, but probably good to diversify one's e-mail accounts.
Hate to admit it but Gmail is my default due to how schizophrenic Hotmail/Outlook is becoming. I also use Inbox.com as a backup. I am actually shocked when I come across Aol and Yahoo email addresses still being used, but they must be doing something right all this much time later.