Privacy question - Does email providers log down our PC's address?

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paranoidgrand

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Alright, here goes! I noticed that Hotmail has this "Trusted PC" feature where its users can retrieve their password more easily in the case they forget them. I would like to know how this work. In order to do that, they would have to link the email accounts with the physical PC - am I right to say this?

Is this the same as Yahoo!'s "Sign-In Seal"? Apparently, it keeps an image that is linked to the computer (as clearing cookies in the browser does not clear this image) to prevent phishing. The email account will be linked with physical PCs, right?

I am asking this because I want to know if these providers link our accounts (I have several with each provider, intending to keep them totally independant) to the PCs we are using. Does that mean that whatever accounts that we have with them can be 'associated together' by the provider (albeit not visible to the end user)? I am afraid to entertain that thought!

How do they do it? I did some googling, but does physical PC M.A.C. addresses come into play?

Thank you for reading through!
 
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