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Privacy and your Microsoft account

Privacy and your Microsoft account

A Microsoft account—what used to be called Windows Live ID—is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like OneDrive, Xbox LIVE, or, as well as devices such as Windows 8 computers and Windows Phone. A Microsoft account makes your experience on devices and services more personal and relevant to you, but it also provides access to a great deal of your personal information.

A 2013 study by TRUSTe showed that 89 percent of consumers worry about their privacy online. That’s why your Microsoft account prioritizes your privacy and provides a number of settings designed to help you protect your privacy. These include the option to control how Microsoft communicates with you, the ability to manage the information you share with services connected to your account, and options for increasing account security.

Note: To learn more about how your Microsoft account protects your privacy, read the Windows Services Privacy Statement.

Manage how Microsoft communicates with you

You get to decide where Microsoft sends you communications on important updates to your account and if you want us to be able to send you marketing email messages with information on new features to try.

  1. If you have a Microsoft account, go to your account page.
    You might need to sign in.

  2. Click Notifications, and change your email and marketing preferences.

    Microsoft Account Notifications

Manage the information you share with services connected to your account

You can connect your Microsoft account to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other services to get updates from those services and to push information from your Microsoft account to those services. For instance, you might want to update your address book with contacts from your Facebook or LinkedIn accounts.

You’re in control of what services you connect to and what information you share. Follow the steps below for each service you want to manage.

  1. If you have a Microsoft account, go to your profile page.
    You may need to sign in.

  2. Click Manage.

    Microsoft Account Profile Manage

  3. Under Accounts that you can access, click the service name.

    Microsoft Account - Accounts that you can access

  4. On the page for that service, select or clear checkboxes to allow or block sharing. These vary for different services. For example, when you connect your account to Twitter, you have these options:

    Microsoft Account - tweets

  5. If you no longer wish to share information with this service, click Remove this connection completely, and then click Remove.

  6. Click Save.

Add additional security to your account

It's a good idea to add as much security info to your account as you can, because it will help make your account more secure. For example, if you forget your password, or if someone tries to take over your account, Microsoft can use the additional security info to help verify your identity and help you get your account back.

  1. If you have a Microsoft account, go to your account page.
    You might need to sign in.

  2. Under Password and security info , click Edit security info.

  3. Under Your security info protects your account, make changes to your security information.

    Microsoft Account - Protect

  4. Click OK to save your changes.

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