Passwords that even a cat could hack are set to be banned from Hotmail after users continue to use weak letter combinations to protect their accounts.

Things like 'password' and 'ilovecats' are out, with new users having to use properly complex logins. Hotmail also plans to roll out the changes to current users, meaning password changes for those who use weak lettering. 

Whilst we might moan, it is actually a good thing. Losing your account to a hacker or having personal details taken is always unpleasant, so Hotmail is actually doing us a major favour.

You would be surprised how many people still use very obvious passwords. Consider for example the Gawker password hack which showed how shockingly straight forward many people's passwords were.

A 'my friends' been hacked!' feature has also been added in to try and trace back and stop spam being sent from acquaintances' accounts. The next time they log in they will go through a recovery process to bring their email back to life. 

For those considering using the classic '123456', sadly this too is now no longer allowed. Still though, will be nice to see an end of spam sent from friends accounts.

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.