Sign in your email account (or any account) from a public computer is always risky. Anyone can steal your login details if you forgot to erase the details before leaving the computer. Moreover, if you are accessing the Internet on an unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspot, anyone who is interested can see what you are doing on the network. Microsoft has introduced a new feature to Hotmail that enable users sign in from a public computer using a one-time temporary password.
This new security feature called ‘Single-use code’ helps you secure your login details when sign in from a public computer. You can use this code instead of your original password when you sign in with your Windows Live ID. Each code can be used only one time, but you can request one whenever you need it.
Here is how to use this new security feature and get Single-use code for sign in.
1. Register your mobile phone number with Windows Live
2. Enter into Windows Live login page and click on the ‘Get a single use code to sign in with’ option (see screenshot above).
3. Now click ‘Get one here’ option, select your country and enter your mobile phone number (must be the same as the one you registered with Windows Live).
4. Click on ‘Send text message’ button to receive the random code password.