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Hotmail Updates Security, International Services

MSN Hotmail, in an attempt to provide better privacy to its users, Wednesday announced a feature that will erase messages once a user logs off the system.

The service is designed for subscribers who use public terminals such as those found in Internet cafes, public libraries and universities.

This login option expires pages from the browser's cache when a user logs out of an account. With the tool, the pages visited while in Hotmail cannot be viewed by other users of a shared computer, the company said.

Hotmail also Wednesday launched local language versions of the e-mail service in French, German and Japanese, in an effort to support its growing globality. The company boasts 40 million users, and said the in-language service will target the 27 million Internet users who speak those languages. International users account for more than half its membership-base.

New members can select their local language during the registration process, while existing members can choose their language at login or permanently change the language setting in their preferences folder.

"Offering Hotmail in other languages is a logical extension of our mission to make the service as accessible and easy-to-use as possible, while satisfying a strong demand for free e-mail services around the world," said Don Bradford, Hotmail's general manager.