From the 8 steps, how apply to you?

  • I use 8-character (or more) passwords with symbols

    Votes: 8 88.9%
  • I have a recovery email and/or phone number

    Votes: 8 88.9%
  • I regularly monitor my account for any suspicious activity

    Votes: 6 66.7%
  • I have an anti-virus / suite installed

    Votes: 8 88.9%
  • I use two-step verification (where possible)

    Votes: 5 55.6%
  • I keep my OS and software fully updated - (Excludes XP users after 8th April)

    Votes: 8 88.9%
  • I am weary of unknown emails, junk mail and websites

    Votes: 9 100.0%
  • I use an ad-blocker and pop-up blocker on my browser

    Votes: 8 88.9%
  • Total voters


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For full links and information, please visit Security tab for Microsoft Accounts.

  1. Create a strong password
    A strong password:
    • Is difficult for anyone to guess or a hacker to decode
    • Is at least eight characters long
    • Contains a mix of letters, numbers and symbols
    • Doesn't contain your username, real name or company name
    • Doesn't contain a complete word
    • Is significantly different from previous passwords
    • Isn't the same password that you use on other websites, such as for online banking or other email account

  2. Keep your security info up to date >> It's good to provide a recovery email or phone number
  3. Monitor your account for suspicious activity >>
    For each activity, the Recent activity page lists several things:
    • The description of the activity
    • The date and time the activity occurred
    • The location where the activity occurred

    You can click any activity to expand it and see additional details, including:
    • The IP address of the PC or device on which the activity occurred
    • What type of device and operating system was used
    • What Internet browser or type of app, if any, was used

  4. Install an anti-virus program on your PC >>
  5. Turn on two-step verification >>
    Two-step verification uses two ways to verify your identity whenever you sign in to your Microsoft account:
    • Your password
    • An extra security code

  6. Update your operating system, browser and other software
  7. Be careful of suspicious emails and websites
  8. Use a pop-up blocker with your Internet browser
I firmly believe that an ad-blocker should be used with your Internet browser, pop-up blockers are now included with all browsers.


Level 27
Absolutely great guide + gazillion rep.

There is however one issue with and the passwords, last year i was at the NCSC Convention which is a convention hosted by the Netherlands Cyber Security Centrum and they did show that Windows OS can be hacked within 60 seconds due to all the info people have stored in their live account.
Live likes to synchronize things with your PC and will fetch the status and health info from the local live applications.
And as you guessed your account credentials and network pass is part of the info being send to and this exploit is being used VERY often.

So it was said that is by far the weakest link to your average security. and therefor i would recommend Gmail instead of

But thats me.

Anyway great guide buddy.


Using a standard account should be added to this list, for those windows 8 and 8.1 users..

I utilize all of the above steps, and then some.

Deleted member 178

i do all that except the 2-step verification, because my password is very long an i am lazy :D