Remembering all the passwords in your life might seem like a lot of effort but they exist for a reason.
To help encourage better password etiquette Microsoft has taken the bold step of banning 'easy' passwords on all of its accounts.
So what classes as an easy password? Well Microsoft has been carefully monitoring the most common passwords along with the most vulnerable and has created a blacklist.
If you then enter one of those passwords Microsoft will refuse it and then give some advice on how to enter a more secure one.
Here's Microsoft's official advice on how to create a strong password:
- Don’t use a password that is the same or similar to one you use on any other website. A cybercriminal who can break into that website can steal your password from it and use it to steal your Microsoft account.
- Don’t use a single word (e.g. “princess”) or a commonly-used phrase (e.g. “Iloveyou”).
- Do make your password hard to guess even by those who know a lot about you (such as the names and birthdays of your friends and family, your favorite bands, and phrases you like to use).