Microsoft Bolsters Passport Security
Next version of the online authentication service will require users to submit valid e-mail addresses as sign-in names when creating new accounts.Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday will announce a set of changes designed to improve the security and privacy of its Passport online authentication service. The company will include all of the changes in version 2.5 of the Passport service, due later this month. The most significant change requires users to submit a valid e-mail address as their sign-in name when creating a new account. After the account is created, an automated message containing links needed to validate the account will be sent to the e-mail address.
Also, users who try to change their sign-in names after the release of 2.5 will have to use a valid e-mail address as well.