March 21, 2007

Beware the length of Password for Windows Live ID, Hotmail and MSN.

Filed under: Hotmail,MSN,office-live,Security,Windows Live ID — olxt @ 4:24 am

Today, when I changed my password for my account on Hotmail ( Windows Live ID), I found it has max length limit on it. The max length is 16. It is fine. But the problem is, on change password page, it only shows min number, you can type in password longer than 16, only first 16 characters are saved.

So just beware, only first 16 characters are useful, even you set 16+ long.



  1. how did u change your password

    Comment by josh — May 22, 2007 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  2. Hye.. Luckily I’m not using Hotmail and MSN mail anymore. Useful info bte.



    Comment by Qumang — June 17, 2007 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

  3. change plz

    Comment by mazyar — September 3, 2007 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  4. I just found the same thing. That’s really stupid. :/

    Comment by Kita — May 14, 2011 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  5. Well, I’ve just tried to change my password on hotmail to be told that every combination I used was ‘weak’ and I was only allowed 6 digits…definitely think I’ve been hacked and about to close down the account.
    Thought it was odd when my old password, which I suspected was compromised had 8 digits…enough is enough

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