On Thursday Windows maker Microsoft Corp announced the release a new hacking alert system for its Windows Live Hotmail email service.
In addition to the new feature, the company also adopted a new policy which will prevent users from using common passwords such as “12345” and the like.
"When someone's account gets hijacked, their friends often find out before they do, because the hijacker uses their account to send spam or phishing email to all their contacts," Microsoft revealed in a blog post.
The new security addition, dubbed “My friend’s been hacked!”, has been featured in the “mark as” menu in Hotmail, and it allows users to report security breaches in their account through the junk mail filing screen.
Once a user reports the matter to Microsoft, Hotmail will "make sure the account can no longer be used by spammers and activates an account recovery process to allow the owner to take back control of the accounts."
In addition to that, users can also report security breaches in their other email accounts from different email service providers like Gmail, Yahoo! etc, the blog post added.
Hotmail, which was launched way back in 1996 and acquired by Microsoft in 1997, was one of the first free email service providers.