I’ve been getting email from the Hotmail account
of someone who is reportedly deceased. How long is a Hotmail
account inactive before they recycle it and make it available
to someone else to use?
That does sound a little unnerving, to be sure. I know I’d
be a little ‘weirded out’ if I got email from someone whom I knew
has passed away.
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I don’t have an exact number, but I believe Hotmail accounts
hang around for several months. I’d guess around six.
But it’s more likely that the email is
the result of “From address spoofing”, a common technique
that spammers and some viruses use which doesn’t require
that the account be active at all. My article
“Someone’s sending from my email address! How do I stop them?!” discusses how that can happen.