Microsoft bans easy passwords on all its accounts

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. 

The 25 most common passwords

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. 12345
  6. 123456789
  7. football
  8. 1234
  9. 1234567
  10. baseball
  11. welcome
  12. 1234567890
  13. abc123
  14. 111111
  15. 1qaz2wsx
  16. dragon
  17. master
  18. monkey
  19. letmein
  20. login
  21. princess
  22. qwertyuiop
  23. solo
  24. passw0rd
  25. starwars


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