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Passwords are protection from unauthorized account access. Hotmail can remember your password for you; I'll show you how and why you might not want it.
How do I avoid having to put in my password every time I log into Hotmail?
Usually, I get variations on the opposite question, how to stop logging in to Hotmail automatically.
I'll describe the most common way to avoid having to specify a password each time you go to Hotmail.
But first, I want you to think long and hard about whether you really want to do this. I'd hazard a guess that many accounts are hacked and permanently lost due to using these techniques inappropriately.
The technique I'll describe below has serious security implications.
In short, it allows anyone to walk up to your machine and access your Hotmail account as if they were you.
And once logged in as you, they can not only read your mail and send email looking like it came from you, but they can also do more damage by possibly changing your password, monkeying with various account security options, or even getting your account locked.
It's also possible that they can learn your password.
Please think carefully about whether you really want to do this. The inconvenience of having to type in your password is nothing compared to the trouble a hacked account can be.
The most common approach is simply to tell Hotmail to remember your password when you login:
Simply check both the Remember me and Remember my password checkboxes before you click Sign in, and Hotmail will simply remember both for you. The next time that you go to Hotmail.com, you'll be logged in automatically.
If you find that you're being automatically logged in without needing a password and you decide that that's not what you want, it's a one-step process to undo it:
That's all there is to it.
Click on the Sign out link in the upper right of the Hotmail window. The next time that you return to Hotmail, you'll need to specify your password.
If you clear cookies, you'll also need to specify your password as well. In fact, the cookie that Hotmail uses to remember your logged-in state (not your actual password, but the fact that you are logged in) expires after a certain amount of time; when that time passes, you'll need to login again as well.
And, of course, if you change your Windows Live password using a different computer, the first computer will need to login again with the new password.
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