One of the things that you check up on regularly is the recent activity of your online accounts. While that works only on services that provide you with the information, it may help you spot irregularities fast.
While Microsoft did make available online accounts to users for a long time, it switched only recently from various account systems to a unified Microsoft Account scheme.
And with it came the recent activity feature which displays recent account activity to users.
The Recent Activity
You need to do the following to check the recent activity of your Microsoft Account:
The page displays the following information:
The different activity types
Was not me
If you see account activity that you are certain was not by you, you may click on "This wasn't me". If you do, you are walked through several steps designed to make sure that your account is protected against third-party access.
This includes changing the account password and verifying that all security information are correct.
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