Microsoft ban rubbish passwords on Hotmail
Are you still using Hotmail? Why? It's awful. Sure, Microsoft have tinkered with it, but its still one of the clunkiest things online.
Anyway, if you're one of the people who still use Hotmail, you might be in for a surprise if you want to change your password on the free email service.
See, Hotmail are now banning the use of rubbish passwords.
Basically, Microsoft are trying to save you from your awful, awful selves.
Anyone creating a new account or changing their password won't be able to use obvious passwords like "123456" or "password." Of course, only a thundering idiot would choose such a thing, but you know damn well that anyone signing up for a Hotmail account is indeed a prize goon.
The system will also be putting the scuppers on common phrases like "ilovecats" and the company will be looking to extend the list of banned words and phrases in an attempt to stop you from getting hacked or phished.
It is actually a rather good idea and of all the accounts compromised (or, those ones that send you random spam from pal's accounts), Hotmail seems to be the most vulnerable.