Microsoft Moves Against Bad Passwords

With the scourge of digital credential theft on the rise Microsoft is urging IT admin to button-up their networks and get serious about passwords and account security. The IT behemoth posted on Tuesday a best practices cheat sheet for administrators along with updating customers on some of the company’s latest security tools for keeping accounts safe.Microsoft wrote in a blog post by its Active Directory Team that it is responding to last week’s revelation that a 2012 LinkedIn data breach compromised 117 million user credentials. The fallout from the LinkedIn breach is that tens of millions of those usernames and passwords could possibly be used to unlock other accounts. That, security experts say, should strike fear in the hearts’ of IT administrators.

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