Microsoft Account, used to be called Windows Live ID, is your main service account to get access to services like Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Skype, Windows Phone, or Xbox Live. It can also be your main account to sign in to any PC that runs Windows 8 and 8.1 with your profile roaming over the cloud so that you have the same settings already waiting for you every time you sign in on a different computer.
Like other major service providers such as Google, Microsoft Account also keeps a complete log of your account activities, including detail information about when, where, and how a sign-in was performed. Reviewing this information periodically would help you get to know the status of your own account that holds so much of your information, whether it stays safe or being hacked by unknown parties.
To access your recent activities, go to https://account.live.com/ and sign in using your email address and password. Once you are in and the Microsoft Account page is loaded, click “Recent activity” link from the left column.
Now you see the last 20 sign-ins occurred on your account with the latest one expended with details, from where you can see when, where, and on what platform and app you’ve used your account to sign in.
If you see any of the activities that look suspicious, open it up to check the details first, when certain you don’t recognize it, click This wasn’t me button. Microsoft will then walk you through several steps, including changing passwords, and reviewing or updating your security info.
If you want to see more account activities, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click View more account activity button to get more.
That’s pretty much it. If you are using Microsoft Account for your Windows 8 computers, emails, SkyDrive online storage, or Skype, you may want to keep an eye on your account activities to keep your account safe.
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Last updated: 08/04/2014