Hotmail bans easy passwords

Microsoft are about to make some changes in what sort of passwords its members use for logging into their accounts, no longer will “password,” “123456,” “ilovecats” or “gogiants.” be available and these are easy for hackers to crack. Instead, the user will need to use a combination of number and letters in lower and upper case, this is only way to fend off hackers. However, there is another feature too, it is the ‘My friend’s been hacked!’ button on the Hotmail menu!

According to Dick Craddock, who is the group programme manager at Hotmail, he wrote on the Windows Blog;

“This new feature will be rolling out soon, and will prevent you from choosing a very common password when you sign up for an account or when you change your password,”

“If you’re already using a common password, you may, at some point in the future, be asked to change it to a stronger password.”

“It’s easy: when you get that spam message supposedly from your friend, you just click ‘My friend’s been hacked!’ on the ‘Mark as’ menu,”

“You can also report an account as compromised when you mark a message as junk or otherwise move a message to the Junk folder.”

Source [IT Pro]