Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.

I own a Hotmail account which someone hacked into. I managed to get back the password which they had changed, as they must have felt guilty and sent the new password to my brother on MSN Messenger. I went into my account which I hadn't been able to get on for months - turns out they have caused a lot of trouble for me - changed passwords for other websites which I can no longer access, sent out personal emails to family and friends. They also contacted my friends and family with vulgar and abusive language pretending it was me!

As you can imagine, I am very upset and angry, it has really got me down. I have a feeling I know who it is but cannot point my finger yet. I was told that if I contacted MSN support they could give me all of the IP numbers which signed onto my account at that particular time, and find out who it was. Is this possible?

To be honest, I'm still fairly shocked at how often this question comes up. Apparently there's a lot of account hacking going on, though poor password management is actually more likely. Regardless of exactly how, accounts are hacked into, and havoc often results.

I'm not at all surprised that people want to track down the culprit.

Unfortunately, for most of us, I believe that the news is not good.

Tracking down who logged into your account is highly unlikely. There are at least two huge issues at play here:

  • MSN Hotmail may simply not keep that information. I mean, that's a lot of data that they would have to track, given the millions of subscribers and millions upon millions of logins that happen every day. From a purely practical point of view, I can't imagine them keeping that information, or if they do, keeping it for any length of time.

    But, having said that, it's certainly possible that they do, so...

  • They're not about to give that information to just anyone. In fact, I would be very concerned if they did give it if you simply asked. There are major privacy and security issues that result if they were to provide that information easily. There may even be possible legal liability issues for MSN if they responded to that type of request.

"... my bottom line belief is that it's simply not practically available to us."

The third issue is simply that the IP address may not be enough to help you anyway. See the related articles below for more on why that might be.

So, ultimately, I believe that the information, if it exists at all, is just not available to "mere mortals" such as you and I. In fact, you and I want it to be difficult to get, simply to protect our own privacy in normal use.

I've said this before: if this type of information is available at all, I believe it would take law enforcement or a court order to get it. So, I suppose you could try pursuing with your local authorities, and if they find that there's legitimate reason to act on it, they probably can.

But my bottom line belief is that it's simply not practically available to us.

Your best action is simply to learn from this, and do what it takes to properly secure your account. Typically that means not sharing your password with anyone, and choosing difficult to guess passwords, and where appropriate, difficult to guess answers to your "secret question". In my opinion it also means not using free email accounts for anything sensitive or important.

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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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92 Comments
meena
April 25, 2006 1:00 AM

hey please tell me who loged my email address and give me back my password

sam
April 25, 2006 11:37 AM

my mate has had her account hacked into my my cousin and he wont tell her the password or me what can i do to help her and get her password??? the account that hass been hacked is:blink182rule101@hotmail.co.uk her add now is dougie-lover100445@hotmail.co.uk thankyou so much, sam

sudhakar
May 2, 2006 9:41 AM

i am not able to open my mail box, but i can acess my MSN messanger, why, i forgotten my Secrect question and some details like name all of the information i need can u pl retrive my message box.

Rich Harris
May 5, 2006 10:33 AM

Hey Leo,
I've got kind of a simple question really, and it would solve a lot of problems: Can I find out the NUMBER of times my account has been viewed in say, 2006?

Leo
May 5, 2006 2:18 PM

No, not that I know of.

Kirk
May 7, 2006 9:58 AM

Hotmail wll not allow me to use "Save Password and Username". What is the problem, please.

Joey
May 7, 2006 9:38 PM

my friends account, gurlie_punk@hotmail.com, has been hacked :(. her new add is, emosexualchicka@hotmail.com, she really wants it back and im afraid the hacker is a perve and wont give it back unless she does things on cam...:S. and she has her life on MSN, so she tell me, and she just might do it. how degrading :(

minator
May 8, 2006 9:48 AM

my name is minator and i forget my password and i like to find my password in this e-mail adress saranda_412@hotmail.com .And if you find this password plaese bedroom in this e-mail adress minator_basketboll@hotmail.com see yu and i love you if you find this password

shireine
May 16, 2006 7:01 PM

I changed my password a few months ago because i felt that someone is hacking into my account. its been over 2 months now and i have'nt been able to access my msn account, and im sure that someone has hacked into it again; and changed the password. my msn account that i can no longer access is atrisscat@hotmail.com
is there anyway that i can access my account again?

imaplonker
May 20, 2006 4:40 AM

my address is giveawaymyprivacy@hotmail.com and i want you all to hack into my account. God some of these posts are pathetic

hodan
May 20, 2006 9:41 AM

my password has been changed and i dont remeber my secret answer. dont know what i should do ive changed my msn my new one is choong_gyal89@hotmail.com but i still wonder if i can have my old one back its caised lots of trouble for me

muna
May 28, 2006 9:48 AM

hi leo, this is muna. i really am tensed and worried. i had my last email(blessy14243) checked on 24th of may. don't know who has hacked my password.i am afraid if he or she takes the advantage of it. i really am in trouble . so plez' could u help me out? i would be very greatful to u .
thanks

muna
May 28, 2006 9:51 AM

hi leo , this is muna again. u can send the solution to my problem in moonashrestha@hotmail.com. this is my another email address. but leo, i really need my old one back. i am hopins so much to get reply from u .
thanks again.

melissa lowe
June 8, 2006 8:31 AM

hey leo my name is melissa, someone has hacked into my msn and i would likeit back is there anyway to help me my email address is pineapple_8720002hotmail.com but for now i have to use my boyfriends email to get information from you so if you get this message please send it to gillie_902 please help me get inot my msn again please really want it back my whole life is in there please help email me back as soon as you can thank you .
melissa lowe

ali
June 8, 2006 11:17 AM

omgg i am soo shocked and worried a dont no who it can be its msn its all messed up if you now who hacked my msn please inform me on my new addy that i have just made prince_syed-ali@hotmail.co.uk thank you very much

chanelle mansour
June 10, 2006 7:54 PM

well my msn has been hacked in into and whom ever has hacked into it has been harassing everyone on there please sind out who has been hacking into my msn. thank you

Brady Weeks
June 10, 2006 11:01 PM

Ok my physco X gf has hacked into my computer and im worried that she is talkin crap how do i find out how she did that and how can i get it back!

ahmed
June 17, 2006 3:01 PM

hello leo my name is ahmed and sum1 had hacked into my email acount can u plz help me with getting the password back send the password to kuni_t@hotmail.co.uk

Ashley
June 19, 2006 8:50 AM

some1 changed ma password and no1 knows it im annoyed pls help me send da password 2 Ash_Ak_47@hotmail.com pls leo help me plspslpls

martin
June 19, 2006 5:26 PM

It looks like someone hacked in my MSN and errased my e-mail from my account could I find out who had access?

Leo
June 19, 2006 5:33 PM

In short: no. But that's pretty much what the article you commented on says.

Dharmesh
June 20, 2006 4:58 AM

hi ! leo .. can u plz help me with my hotmail id which has been hacked by someone .. my id is kothari_ritika@hotmail.com .... i need my id bak as its very important for me ..for my wrk n all .. so can u pzl try yur best to get it bak .. plz reply me d_ttravels1@hotmail.com ..
thnks !!
Dharmesh

carl
June 20, 2006 2:36 PM

i really need my old msn back after sumone hacked it and changed the password can u help me

Sue
June 21, 2006 11:41 AM

After reading your articles on hotmail & MSN I can see why everyone is having trouble We have had our share, depending on your pc and the programs you run you may find out a newer version of Mac or Windows is the best way to go. Good Luck & I hope you have alot of patience.

Mohammad Adnan Khan
June 22, 2006 12:54 AM

ih dear
i'll forget my hotmail massenger password so i need my passworde do you hale me please
thanks

Paul
June 26, 2006 7:05 AM

my msn account : twin_dragon57@hotmail.com has been hacked i has information that i need from it if u could help me i would greatly like it

tahir
June 29, 2006 9:29 AM

my old account has been hacked in it is qureshi181@hotmail.com (plz help)

e-mail info it qsupreme181@hotmail.co.uk

tahir
June 29, 2006 9:30 AM

sorri plz get ma passowrd back or wot eva they are using plz many thanks leo

matt muschalla
June 29, 2006 8:07 PM

hey pplz ok well my ex thinks i hav deleted all her contacs nd its really anoing coz i didnt i went in2 her acount 2 see if she blockd me nd then the next day her mum calls me nd tells me 2 stay out of her acount but the strange thing is the onley one left was my acount she says??? i dont no if she has set me up but her mum calld me so probaly not plz tell me how 2 find out whos been in your acount coz i hate getn blamed for somfn i didnt do
matt

smartin
June 30, 2006 9:12 PM

hey leo can you pleaseee help me get my email i think that someone hacked into it wont let me sign back in and i have lots of personal family msn emails on there please please help me !!!!!!!
my email is bluedragoneyes16@hotmail.com

Amanda
July 2, 2006 12:43 PM

my e-mail has been hacked into and they've changed my password so i can't access it. they've been using my e-mail to cause trouble by sending rude messages to my contacts. How can I delete my account without my password?

candace
July 2, 2006 8:25 PM

My x recently hacked my account and changed all my passwords and secret questions,how can I get the account back.It has all important stuff for work!!!

frankie
July 9, 2006 10:32 AM

my msn account has been hacked into and I cannot delete it as my hacker has changed my password AND secret question. I have made a new accoutn but recently been told that the hacker has been talking to people on my old account, I am worried about this as it could cause no edn of trouble and they have acess to my msn space which has pictures me of and friends. NO ONE, not even my mum knows my msn password and its not an easy one to guess so I don't know how they managed t hack my account. Is there any way of deletng my old adress even though I do not no my password and have no proof that it was my old account? please help im desperate!! my odl account was frankie_norton@hotmail.com but is now frankie-norton@hotmail.com as I made a new account.

Tony
July 12, 2006 2:30 AM

This email has been hacked and i need it back asap how do i go about things?

junaid farid
July 15, 2006 5:23 AM

sir im in deep troble my account has been hacked by someone and it include my improtant information + family pictures and ammm soo soo sad and disturbed ....i need dat man and my id back at any cost!!
can u help me!!!!
reply me at hadia_mehar@hotmail.com

hailey
July 24, 2006 8:32 PM

i want to no who sighned on mi msn and y r theese people cuzz they r takin off people and sayin stuff thats not ture lol

billyjo
July 26, 2006 3:37 PM

i vant get into my msn some one has changed my account details and secret question cud u plz help

thanusha
August 4, 2006 11:52 AM

who hacked into my acount

Russell Roberts
August 4, 2006 4:10 PM

Im not sure what to do about my msn account. I recently intsalled beta live because I thought it would be better and now I cant get into my account. Its been almost a week now. Is someone else using my account and changing my information so I cant use it??? Please help. RR.

heavy
August 7, 2006 2:57 AM

how can i get my msn aqccount details back? cos iv bn hacked by someone and need my account bak cos i got all family contacts on there and work related issues, please help me!!!!!!!!!

Romain St.julien
August 8, 2006 8:43 AM

some one has hacked into my password and i had to make a new account. They have also stolen a pick of me and pretended to be me. i no this because i made a new account and added this person to my contact list. can you please help me and get back to me asap

goddessgirl
August 15, 2006 9:25 PM

someone hack in to my old accoutn which i really need to get back i think i no who did it but i just wannna no for sure plzz can u help me

hussein
August 20, 2006 5:23 PM

hey sir my sisters email has been hacked i need some help plz her email is q8i_chick73@hotmail.com but the guy is insulting my family and plz i would really appreciate it if u tell me whos he and plz help me change her password:(

shortym
August 23, 2006 7:47 AM

I understand everything
I am glad that I joined MSN Hotmail it seems to be quite safe.
If I have a problem I will contact you

james
August 26, 2006 8:39 AM

id like to delete my account because iv found out that some one has acess to my msn but i cant delete the account or change the password fo some reason and i now have more sympathy for people who have had msns hacked into.plez plz plz help me

james
August 26, 2006 8:57 AM

sorry about this my msn is james.arsenal@hotmail.com

Hassan
September 13, 2006 5:24 AM

i didnt open my email more than 1 month. i lost my emails, how can i get it back. urgent

dumi
September 13, 2006 12:24 PM

can you find out the password father_tedd14@hotmail.com

~Confussed~
September 17, 2006 10:36 AM

I think i have been hacked into, but i can't tell who did it or when! is there anyway that i can tell who it was? they havent changed my password but they sent threatening messages to my family and freinds through my account! i have changed my password and i think that wiil stop another occurance but i can't be sure! im really confuessd and worried and i need help! please tell me what i can do to stop them from getting into my account and tel me if a can trace who did it. i hope you can fix this... :(

Leo Notenboom
September 17, 2006 2:59 PM

As the article states fairly clearly, there's no real way to find out who.

Change your password, make sure it's good, and secure. That's your best defense.

See also: http://ask-leo.com/are_free_email_services_worth_it.html

Emily
September 27, 2006 8:30 AM

Ive been very badly bullied by two people and the latest thing they have done is hack into my old Msn hotmail account, which i no longer use, however all my contacts are on there which are also on my new account, and these people still associate me with this account.
I think they have hacked in to it because I blocked them on my current account and it was their way of getting a message to me. However, they have changed my password and my secret question , and i no longer have access to it, and I am worried they may cause a lot of trouble. Is there any way I can delete the account without the password? I am really stressed about this so would be grateful for any help, please?

Jacinta
October 30, 2006 10:38 PM

some1 hacked my old msn account what do i do? Can i get it back?

fadi
November 2, 2006 1:54 PM

my email is Mad.girl.com my anser hamoud

ron
November 10, 2006 2:49 AM

on msn email opening page many items have a red x in a square by them, how can i get rid of them?

CHARLIE
November 12, 2006 8:55 PM

WHEN I TRY TO DELETE OLD CONTACTS IT TELLS ME AN ERROR HAS OCCURED THEN I CLICK ON IT AND IT ASK ME IF IM SURE I WANT TO DELETE THEN ONLY GIVES U THE OK BUTTON TO HIT WHEN U DO THE CONTACTS ARE STILL THERE HOW DO I GET THEM OFF MY ACCOUNT

cate farmer
November 22, 2006 5:49 PM

What to do or what is happening when mail is being sent to you but my name or IP address is not in the header. One day it starts and when I report it to the police (I suspect an estranged husband and his attorney) it stops. Can I glean anything from the headers? Anything to give me a lead?

Thanks. Cate

cate farmer
November 22, 2006 5:51 PM

What to do or what is happening when email is being sent to me but my name or IP address is not in the header. One day it starts and when I report it to the police (I suspect an estranged husband and his attorney) it stops. Can I glean anything from the headers? Anything to give me or the detective a lead? Includes personal emails and a range of sites like TicketMaster. Help! I think that they may have also stolen my identity.
Thanks. Cate

Ana Liza Alapar
November 25, 2006 9:48 PM

Wants to make my email address

jeannaye
December 7, 2006 9:10 AM

I cannot delete hotmail contacts. They were added to my contacts without my knowledge and now they will not delete. I am changing my password. I saw this question by someone on Nov. 12, 2006 by someone else, but I could not find the answer.

oli
January 6, 2007 1:40 PM

my acconut has been hacked i need to get on asap plz help me get it back how do i do it tho ???

caitlyn
January 20, 2007 6:03 AM

someone has changed my msn password my email address is billabong-girl18@hotmail.com can i get my password back?

Amy Eadie
January 20, 2007 12:30 PM

someone hacked into my old account bout 2-3 years ago and ever since i have been trying to find out who could do such a thing this person apparently knows me very well are you able to find out who is responsible for this and what do i do if i find out who did this and let me know by email on this emaill address lazy_bitch1987@hotmail.com thank you very much

annalee
January 23, 2007 8:06 AM

at the moment i have a msn with blond17@hotmail.co.uk but my old account is annalee2k4@hotmail.com but it woudnt let me log on one day and i really need that contact do you know how i could log into annalee2k4@hotmail.com

ali
January 26, 2007 9:35 AM

could you please tell me who went on my msn

david brent
February 1, 2007 6:31 AM

My password will not let me in to my account. I would like to know if there's any way of finding out why? I suspect someone tried to access it "girlfriend" but have no proof! Is there no way of checking the history of password attempts as this would help solve my problem. Any help would do.

lauren thomas
February 28, 2007 11:26 AM

someone has hacked into my account and keeps changing my password

chantelle
March 8, 2007 10:53 AM

hiya someone has changed my password and is going on to my account could you tell me who

Roxanne
March 15, 2007 4:57 PM

I've had this account for over 6 months, and I am unable to log in using the password I had.
I have created a new password, but my account is gone; there are no emails posted, and should have many! Help?

neil
May 1, 2007 1:31 AM

I just wanted to know what my options are as my daughter is been bullied due to an instance that occurred on saturday evening where a group of girls hacked into my daughters account and thought it would be fun to upset everybody in her contacts my daughter is now been threatened and as a result of this she can't prove that she wasn't online. I know that when you log in it puts a stamp using the ip address. I know the kids concerned as they are all in the same swimming club and have been laughng about it i would appreciate some advice as i have tried to speak to the parents and they just think it is funny they don't realise the hurt and pain my daughter is going through and is dreading going to school as she doesn't know what has bee said.

Russell Booth-Atkins
June 20, 2007 5:03 AM

Hi.

2 days ago I had my e-mai account hacked into. I had similar horrible messages sent our saying that I had caught HIV and that I was on my way out - not the nicest thing in the world is it!.

I was SHOCKED by how amazing microsoft were!. I submitted a form on-line and they got in touch with me aking for lots of credentials. Once i supplied these they gave me a link to get back in. All my contacts had been deleted but are easy to get back through the "options" menu.

I think this was one of my best friends which I fell out with, bottom line, there is nothing you can do but keep your password safe, change it every so often and keep a cool head. Remember, what's done on-line can be un-done and, though it may be difficult to start with, eventually you will win the battle.

chin up people!

tala
June 26, 2007 6:26 AM

hi every one! i just wanna say that someone has logged into my accout i dont now who and that person deleted all of my contacts and open spcial people massges i now how to let people not to hake ur email follow these:
dont make ur email's secret qoustion easy.
the alternate email should be yours or ur cousi who u really trust or sister brother and soo on.
thnk u!

Vivian Le
July 18, 2007 1:05 PM

Hi, my name is Vivian and I have just recently read your article " Will MSN Hotmail tell me who logged into my account?" and "I've lost my Hotmail password, can you help get it back?" and you have given a lot of information on that topic, which made me realize that there is pretty much little I could do. I did, however, read some of the comments that others wrote, more in particular, Russell Booth-Atkins where he mentioned microsoft and how he submitted a form to them and had credentials? His situation was successful, but would you happen to know more information about it? if so please, reply, thank you so much :)

Russell Booth-Atkins
August 14, 2007 2:09 AM

Hi Vivian! so sorry for the late reply!!!

On hotmail.com or .co.uk etc. you will find a help page, from there you can go through all the options which will include forgetting your password etc.

Once you have gone into this section (which is very eary to find) there is a form, which on 1st Glance you wouldnt think of filling in as it does not mention being hacked.

Fill it in anyway! You can add comments and they will all be read.

Provide a new e-mail address and they will e-mail you back asking a LOT of questions about your account, such as details when it was set up, DOB etc. etc.

within a day and half, upon providing the information you will receive an e-mail with a link which will take you into your account to create a new password!

REMEMBER!!! CHANGE YOUR SECRET QUESTION STRAIGHT AWAY!!!!! this is under account settings!. If someone has hacked in, its a defo that they will have changed this, as after you change the password, they can answer the secret question and change it back! then you will have to wait for microsoft again!.

Hope that helps!

and to comment about lost contacts! Go into your settings and where it shows your allow list (you know when you have and have not blocked someone) they should be in there, as 9 times out of 10 the hacker uses "delete and block" therefore not getting rid of them totally!. This is also an easy thing to do as you just click "add to contacts" and watch them come back 1 by 1.

Good luck all!

xx

stephen
October 7, 2007 4:28 AM

how do i get rid of postmaster i love to
know

Steve
December 14, 2007 4:18 AM

if they sent an e-mail and you still have it, then their ip address will be in the mail headers, in outlook you can get this by opening the message, then clicking view-options, the bottom pane shows the headers, and in there there should be a line that reads:
X-Originating-IP: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
where xxx... is the ipaddress that sent the e-mail,

alex
April 13, 2008 6:18 AM

who hacked my msn??

sophie
June 12, 2008 1:17 PM

hey leo thank god i found your site ..i was reading and i wanted to ask you 4 years i aint used my account bcoz my brother hacked into my account and changed it and 2 days ago i emailed hotmail saying this is what happend i know my infm n i knw wen i frst signed up to my account and i know who i aded is this enuff for them 2 believe its me its babyhuni_asc@hotmail.co.uk also i told them which computer i used my account on do you think they reopen it and will my measges and conacts still be on there plz
reply thank you or plz reply to me babyhuni_786@hotmail.co.uk

Leo
June 13, 2008 9:18 AM

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daniel
July 28, 2008 8:19 AM

someone hacked into my msn and could see who i have on my msn messenger and my pictures who i am sending what through msn contacts , what do i do and how can i tell if someone hacked in to my computer.

Craig
September 27, 2008 2:15 PM

Hey guys

Just to let you know this does happen, I have just found out that the account i was using had been used to talk to my friends online about personal stuff, access my e-mails, take perersonal information about my family etc etc. and then hold conversations with people using all the info that I had in my mails.

it does happen, so make your self secure.
Craig

chrissy
October 8, 2008 1:31 PM

Hello my hotmail account was hacked into by my ex. He changed my password & my secret questions. Lucky for me he is not very smart & has sent txt messages 2 my phone admitting it was him. So what do i do now is it worth going 2 the police about or will nothing come of it?

I think that the only practical answer is that it depends on your police department, whether they have the time to deal with this, whether they think this is important, and the severity of any crime committed. Personally I'm not hopeful that they'll help, but they're the only place I know to turn.
- Leo
09-Oct-2008

Jahanzaib Munir
November 12, 2008 2:55 AM

Hello... My MSN ID got hacked and Amazingly I got it back not once , not twice but 3 times. all u have to do is e-mail Microsoft staff they will contact u within 24 hours and ask u about the information u provided while making that e-mail address which got hacked and after matching those figures they give u the password change link through ur coresponding e-mail address..

nasir khan
November 21, 2008 3:49 AM

jahanzaib please can you gv me the email address used to regain your msn address, my addy has been hacked and i would like it back please, thanks

Khuram
December 3, 2008 2:46 PM

I think this article can help to find location.
http://wisdomtalks.com/2008/11/23/find-location-of-email-sender-using-gmailyahoohotmail/

That actually has nothing to do with the topic of this article.
- Leo
04-Dec-2008

Emma
April 15, 2009 9:34 AM

Hi i would just like to say if you have another msn you could wait until they come online and then maybe try and trick them to telly ou who they are ?? its worht a try :) suffering the same problem from me :)

Sara Adam
June 6, 2009 1:42 PM

hi, i think one of my friends is hacking into my add. I have kept my password secure etc bt somehow he seems to knw the password (or hints that he does) whenever i change it. Im just wondering is that possible? thanks

luv2181
June 20, 2009 9:31 PM

My account has been hacked twicw on MSN , this site is not longer secure , use google

Bly
October 28, 2009 8:41 AM

Although Hotmail does not allow IP tracking, GMail does. At the bottom of the screen on a GMail account, the last 5 IP addresses from which the account was signed into, are listed.

ajay
February 18, 2010 1:55 PM

Bly sorry but i am not agree with you msn i guess save the ip address the they didn't show to us after a some surfing i have made a collect information about Logged in isuees of msn hotmail and now if anyone can think it is good then good for me

Rae
August 6, 2010 9:33 AM

My MSN chat was hacked into. 2 people were on my account at once, talking to my friend and I.

This site is obviously not safe or secure.

Dave
October 18, 2011 12:13 PM

One tip: If the hacker sent a message to a friend or family member, approach that recipient and ask to see it (just as it appears in their own e-mail inbox). Hotmail is one of the e-mail providers that still includes the X-originating IP number in each message header. Unless that's changed, the IP number there is the originating one. Of course, if it's really a random hack it's likely foreign (China or Russia), but if it's personal, it may be an IP the victim would be familiar with.

Actually Hotmail seems to be really inconsistant about including X-OriginatingIP
Leo
19-Oct-2011
Jerry
January 14, 2012 10:43 PM

I have no idea how really but I happened upon this article as I was researching the top 10 email providers. And I just want to say that your sentence "But my bottom line belief is that it's simply not practically available to us.".

Is absolutely rubbish. Take a look at some of the other providers, like Google for example? Their email service gmail keeps track of the last account activity without any problems. Also take a look at Facebook, they also keep track of recent account activity. They used to only keep track of the 5 most recent activity but now they keep track of 10.

It is ignorant to say that its a lot of data to keep track of an therefor poor Microsoft can't handle it.

I'm not saying that they couldn't do it. I'm saying that they don't.
Leo
15-Jan-2012

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