The background: A recent trip to Costa Rica was an "email eyeopener"! Was staying at a nice hotel from off the plane & using their computers to find that Hotmail has a security thing they do for your protection when a certain distance from home. In this case it kept me from using my email. My wife also has hotmail/email & hers worked on her phone but not on a desk top computer.
My hotmail security question goes to home phone whereas we were not home to "get it". I tried to get it opened through my wife's cell phone & they closed down her hotmail! We did manage to get hers back open again but never with mine. There is a 30 day waiting period to make a switch to keep the bad guys from getting in at time of their effort. I tried every way we could think of but no luck while there. As I had planned a solo MC rental trip to the boonies I wanted email as the used phone I'd bought on ebay @ short notice(mine wouldn't work there-CR is a SIM card country) was locked & the guy/seller wouldn't unlock it, thus no phone either while on the ride.
I planned to make the switch to another way to travel & unlock my hotmail after getting home. LOL as they say these days! If you've ever tried to contact microsoft, well takes over a month! I tried going in on my own and account got shut down, even though I was home. I reopened the account and sent them a message. After reading the whole response the other day I must admit I don't see a means to use my Hotmail during foreign travel.The issue seems to be that I'm protected even from myself using Hotmail? The security question response means is limited in choices!
Ideas? PM me if the response qualifies as a "best not said on the open web" sort of idea.