Generally, we should not use hotmail if we value our privacy: link to The Guardian
Years ago I collected some links to info that explained why each of the corporate providers then known were ‘not good’. *
The ones related to hotmail were:
You may have noticed an increase in spam in the last few weeks. Lately, they make it sound like they know you, as they salute you with the first part of your aktivix address which may be your name. “Hi , here is your report/invoice as requested.
It may be tempting to reply back with a “No I didn’t request this”.
There were two web interfaces you could use to check your aktivix emails: horde and roundcube. Due to circumstances beyond aktivix’s control, we can no longer support roundcube.
As for horde – webmail is really only a backup for those occasions when you are not sitting in front of your own computer. Of course if you do not own a computer you do need to use the web alternative, but if you have access to the same computer/s regularly, you are encouraged to have a copy of thunderbird for you especially if you want to easily use encryption and other nice bits, like .. read on. Continue reading
I have found that getting the aktivix outgoing server to work can be a challenge on ThunderBird. This is a run of the settings to look at.
Are you having problems between your cool email service provider and corporate email providers?
For the purpose of this explanation, a “cool email provider” is a provider listed as signatories of the statement on Data Retention on this page: