Microsoft plans to change the password policy for Hotmail accounts, in the interest of greater security. Users signing up for new accounts or changing their passwords will be prompted to create safer passwords and prevented from using easily-hacked passwords. Ars Technica reports that obvious passwords, like “password,” or phrases like “ilovecats” will no longer be allowed by the system.
The security update will also involve future efforts to get users with common passwords to change them to more secure strings. There is also a new Hotmail feature that allows users to report when their friends’ accounts have been hacked and are sending spam.