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A Hotmail account is programmed to both send and receive. The only way to have it be read-only is to have it completely secure - and don't use it

I've followed your information on updating the security on my Hotmail account. I've created a new account where that first account email is forwarded. My question is: can I make the Hotmail account, that first one, a "read-only" account and block all emails from being sent out from it?

In this excerpt from Answercast #47, I explore the idea of having a Hotmail account set to read-only.

Read-only Hotmail account?

The short answer is no. I'm not aware of a way to make a Hotmail account effectively read-only.

  • The Hotmail, by definition, is set up to be used as both send and receive.

Were you hacked?

Now, if you're concerned about that account having been hacked, the only thing that I can suggest is the standard steps that I have in my article, "Email hacked? 7 things you need to do NOW":

  • Secure that account.

  • Set up a strong password.

  • Set up good security questions.

  • Make sure all of the information associated with you in that account is correct.

  • Make sure the hackers aren't themselves forwarding it to another account.

Those kinds of things.

Don't send any email

The only way to make a Hotmail account effectively read-only is to secure it to the point that only you have access and then don't send anything from it.

That's it. So, lock down that account as best you can and move forward.

Article C5734 - August 25, 2012 « »

Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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August 25, 2012 11:10 AM

I have one further suggestion to the one Leo has given. After securing the account with the way Leo suggested, use it only through a mail client like thunderbird that allows separate incoming and outgoing servers to be used. Provide the password for the incoming correctly and none (or an incorrect one) for the outgoing. That way, even if you try to send a mail out by force of habit, it'll get rejected.

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