Here at Ask Leo!, I hear from people with lost, hacked and inaccessible accounts daily.
Nowhere does this seem to happen more frequently than with Hotmail and Outlook.com accounts (now known simply as Microsoft accounts).
Given the increased importance of Microsoft accounts for everything from email to cloud services, and even the ability to log in to your PC, losing access to that account can have dramatic and dire consequences.
Microsoft has instituted a fairly obscure security measure that can help you regain access to your account should you lose it: the recovery code. The only “catch” is that you have to set it up before you need it.
So let’s set it up right now.