Help protect your Microsoft account
A Microsoft account (formerly known as a Windows Live ID) is a single email address and password used to sign in to any PC running Windows 8, or to Microsoft services like Hotmail, Outlook.com, and Xbox LIVE.
A strong password will help protect your account from cybercriminals. But if it does get hacked, Microsoft will send instructions for recovering your account, using using additional security information that you add to your account profile.
Microsoft security news
Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7
If you're running Windows 7, you can now get the newest version of Internet Explorer, which was previously available only with Windows 8 and Windows RT. Learn about security and privacy features that come with Internet Explorer 10.
Filing taxes? Beware of scams
The IRS does not send unsolicited communications requesting personal information from US taxpayers. Get more tips for spotting fraudulent emails and social networking posts about taxes.
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