Several e-mail service providers, Google and Microsoft, have recently added new security features to their Gmail and Hotmail e-mail services. With e-mail security threats and spam increasing daily, customers have found that hijacked e-mail accounts make it difficult to trust e-mail services.
New security features allow users to register their mobile device number with an SMS Gateway. A secret code – similar to a password – is sent via text messaging softwareto that registered mobile device allowing the user to reset the password on their e-mail accounts from their mobile devices. These new security features make it easier for users to recover their accounts when they are hijacked by hackers.
Trusted computers can also be set up with the user’s Gmail and Hotmail accounts in advance so that if the computer is used to make changes to the e-mail account, those changes are trusted communication. To make things even more secure, e-mail account users must have access to at least one existing verified device to ensure that hijackers cannot lock legitimate users out of their own accounts so easily.
E-mail service providers intend to begin communicating unauthorized access to users’ accounts via Bulk SMS messaging services. With mass SMS communications in place, the e-mail service providers should not only be able to keep their users’ e-mail accounts more secure but also deliver highly targeted marketing information as well.