Hotmail banning common passwords to beef up security

Passwords are a perennial problem in computer security. We all know that we’re meant to pick secure passwords and never reuse them, but few of us actually bother. One consequence this can cause is losing access to our accounts; some bad guy figures out the password to our World of Warcraft, Steam, or e-mail account, and then proceeds to trash it. To try to ensure that Hotmail accounts don’t fall prey to such attacks, Microsoft will soon be changing its password policy, to forbid the use of particularly common passwords — via

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