July 18, 2011

Microsoft's Hotmail Bans '123456'

Excellent news from Microsoft.  They join the ranks of Twitter when it comes to enforcing strong passwords.  

We hope, however, that the rules go beyond simply enforcing '123456'-like passwords.  Microsoft, Twitter and all other vendors should recognize that people will come up with the simplest, most predictable passwords possible, even when forced to do otherwise.  We hope that the new Microsoft Hotmail banned password list includes some lessons learned from the military list we analyzed.

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