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Chapter 9. Browsing the World Wide Web w... > Getting a Passport to Microsoft Coun...

Getting a Passport to Microsoft Country

Using MSN Explorer is only one reason to get a Microsoft Passport. These days, Microsoft requires the use of the Passport in order to use several of their sites and services including MSN Calendar, MSN Messenger, MSN Communities, MSN Wallet, and more. If you already have a Hotmail or MSN e-mail address, you already have a Passport. If not, you can just go to www.passport.com and create one. If you only use an e-mail address (such as a yahoo.com address), though, when setting up your account, you can’t get into MSN Hotmail, which is another Passport site. If you open a Hotmail account at www.hotmail.com, you automatically get a Passport and Hotmail at the same time. Parents might be comforted to learn that a Kids Passport also is available, which can help parents protect the online identity of their children. Go to http://www.passport.com to sign up for one.

However, some might be understandably concerned that Passport is yet another way Microsoft is trying to invade our space and privacy to increase their profits. You can minimize the effect by entering the bare minimum of personal information when you sign up for a Passport. We were able to sign up using a single letter for a first name and last name. You also must enter a birth year and a ZIP code, but the Microsoft stormtroopers are not going to knock down your door in the middle of the night if you don’t enter it truthfully. Personally, I’d avoid using Microsoft Wallet—I just don’t want my credit card information floating around, regardless of how secure Microsoft says it is.


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