: P.S. Is Hotmail bugged by the Fed's? Is it the launch site for all the worst viruses etc? Does anyone know what you do to get the letters to go anywhere other than the bin after you've read them?
I don't know if it's bugged by the Feds or not. Don't worry, though, if they are interested they already know who you are, I would think.
About viruses: I'm no expert, but since hotmail is a website and not a traditional email program, I would venture that the anti-virus software you run while surfing the Net would protect you at hotmail as well.
You can use the "move to" button to move selected emails into other folders. I'm not sure, but I think you can also direct incoming mail into different folders other than just the inbox, though I may be thinking of another web-based email service.
Now that you have an account, you can also join this list, if you wish:
the marxism list
It's very very small right now, but it's only just started.
McSpotlight: Right. First off, you *cannot* send a virus by plain text in an email; only as an attachment in a Microsoft format (Word or Excel, typically). Hotmail's actually run on Unix boxes (Sun SPARC stations; NT couldn't handle the load!) and as such, is no more vulnerable than any other mail program. The devil to watch is in the attachment, not the mail; do not open *any* attachments without first checking them for infection. Simpler still, just don't open attachments from a source you're not absolutely certain is safe. Or you could simply use a better operating system than Windows.