In the wake of last week's LinkedIn hack when 117m user credentials were leaked, Microsoft has announced it is tightening password security by banning easy passwords.
The service, which will work on Microsoft Accounts including Outlook emails and cloud directory Azure AD, will then prevent you from using the most commonly used passwords, so you are less likely to get hacked.
The company is also implementing a "smart password lockout" system that only locks out hackers, rather than the entire account. Microsoft can determine the risk associated with a specific login session (where the person is logging in and what network they are using) so they can lock out suspected intruders, but you can still login if you are doing so from your own device on an internet network you have used before.
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