Hotmail is a free web based mailing service run by Microsoft. After being re branded a couple of times hotmail has been replaced with Outlook since 2013. All the email address, passwords and services offered remain safe.
To protect hotmail account holders from spammers and others which might compromise them, Microsoft has various verification steps to help keep the users safe.
Verify Hotmail account
The first verification process for hotmail or Outlook.com account starts as soon as you sign up. Before you send your first email you will be asked to type a series of random characters as shown in the picture, or you will also have an option to listen to an audio file and type the characters. This is to prove that you are not an automated computer program and you are in fact human and your account is genuine. Since, a lot of email accounts have been used to send junk and spam emails, this process has been made mandatory by Microsoft Hotmail.
Two – step verification is a feature to verify your Hotmail account using your password and an extra security code. This process makes it difficult for hackers to sign in even if your account information is somehow compromised. When you turn on two step verification, you will receive an extra page to enter your one – time security code every time you try to log in with a new device. The security codes can be obtained by a number of ways depending up on the option you choose; you could receive it in your alternative email address, phone number or the authenticator app on your phone.
Verify back up address for outlook.com account
When you add another email address with your Outlook.com account, it is mandatory for you to verify that email. This security measure has been created by Microsoft to make sure that anyone else isn’t using your email account. To verify your another email address, you will need to sign in with that email ID, go to inbox and look for a verification email.
Note: You will be asked to verify your email, in case you try to sing in using another email address which hasn’t been verified.