Who tried to hack your Microsoft account? When, where, and whether he has achieved success?
You may know that, like Google, Microsoft keeps a log of actions in your account. This means that you can get information about when were account login (successful or not) and where, on what platform or device used. Overview this information will help to know if you were hacked your Microsoft account, and to take the necessary measures to prevent it in the future.
How to get to the activity page in your Microsoft account
In order to get into the management section of your Microsoft account, follow the link https://login.live.com and then enter your e-mail address and password.
When the page is «Microsoft Account» is opened, click on the link «Recent activity».
Depending on how you configured the security of your account, you may be asked to enter an additional security code that will be sent to your phone or to your other Inbox. Once the code is entered, you will be able to know when and where you (or someone else) entered your account.
How to see all login attempts, as well as when and where they were made
Every login attempt to your account is stored in the log. Review each entry in the journal – perhaps something will seem suspicious.
To see additional log entries, click on the link «See other actions in the account» located in the bottom of the list.
In my account I found no suspicious activity, but a few days earlier a good friend of mine noticed a failed login attempt made from the UK. As a result, he found out the IP address of the device that was attempted burglary, platform (Mac), which is installed on this device and browser (Chrome). Moreover, Microsoft showed on the map the approximate location of the login attempts to your account.
Continuing to browse the log for suspicious activity, my friend learned that in the past, his uchetku tried to hack from Ireland, Germany, the UK and Russia. Fortunately, none of these attempts have not crowned success.
Thus, be sure to review the entire log, or you can just not notice something suspicious.
What to do if your Microsoft account was hacked?
Microsoft offers many tools for securing your account, including two-step verification. In this article I will not consider these tools, but will talk about them in a separate article. However, the first thing you should do upon detection of hacking is to change the password for the account, and immediately.
Again, I highly recommend that you check the whole log for the last action. And even if you have no email from Microsoft, and you use Gmail or another service, your account still holds much personal information that should remain private.