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Microsoft puts and end to easy passwords

If you are part of those people who use a very easy password, you have to start thinking to a new one as Microsoft will ban easy passwords Microsoft puts and end to easy passwords

We are living in an era where almost anything we use has a password linked to it. We live our lives staring at our smartphones, tablets and computers and, as you must already know, most things we access on them have a password to protect our privacy.

Choosing the right password is extremely vital if we want to make sure our private information won't be accessed by anyone else, and doing so sometimes proves hard to some people.

In fact, millions of people are not able to come up with complicated passwords for lack of imagination or, simply, because they are scared they will forget them and therefore will have to reset their passwords each and every time to access their e-mail or social media accounts.

Well, if you are one of those who use passwords such as '12345' or 'abc123' you better start thinking of something smarter and more complicated because Microsoft has announced they are banning easy passwords from being used by their users.

The announcement has come just one week after some hackers were selling over 100 million passwords stolen from the LinkedIn database. Microsoft also claims about 10 million accounts attacked on a daily basis, meaning the need to choose a complicated password is a must if you want to protect yourself online.

These days, if you decide to join any service linked to Microsoft and you pick one of those immensely common passwords, you will be told to change it until you come up with something Microsoft considers as hard enough.

In case this announcement has got you nervous and you are now thinking about changing your passwords, studies have revealed that most passwords which are stolen contain less than 10 characters. That means that using passwords which contain 10 or more characters is ideal and, also, try to make it as random as possible by using upper and lowercase letters and also throwing in some numbers.

Another good tip you should follow is to have a different password for each one of your accounts and refrain from taking a word and just adding numbers to it.

What do you think about Microsoft's ban? Do you think it's a good idea and something other corporations should start doing too? Let us know by voting in our poll and by leaving us a comment below.

 

[picture: wired.co.uk]

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