Follow these tips to help keep your Microsoft account safer, make it easier to recover if it's compromised, and strengthen it against attacks.
It's especially important to have a strong password if you use a Microsoft email address (like Outlook.com or Hotmail). This is because many services now use your email address to check your identity. If someone gets access to your Microsoft account, they may be able to use your email to reset the passwords for your other accounts, like banking and online shopping.
You can change your password on the Security basics page at any time.
|Do make the new password significantly different from previous passwords.||Don't use the same password for different accounts.|
|Do use a sentence or phrase converted into a string of initials, numbers, and symbols.||Don't use a single word for your password like "password," "monkey," or "sunshine."|
|Do make your password hard to guess even if someone knows a lot about you (avoid names and birthdays of your family or your favorite band).||Don't use common passwords like "password," "iloveyou," or "12345678."|