A large fraction of the spam that gets through my ISP’s filter these days appears to come from hotmail.com addresses. Are these real Hotmail accounts? Who knows. Who cares. My life improved when I blocked all email from hotmail.com domains.
Then I remembered that I had emailed a new year’s greeting to an acquaintance who uses a Hotmail account. Groovy. So I sent a follow-up message along the lines of, “Hello again. If you replied to my message, your reply got lost because I am an idiot. Please reply again. Unless of course you didn’t reply, in which case I just put you on the spot. Sorry about that.” Now I feel even better about Hotmail.
Remember: You can trust Microsoft for all of your computer- and Internet-security needs! Or not, in which case you might be better off using Google or Yahoo.