Tips for creating strong passwords and passphrases

If it is a password

  • Is at least eight characters long.
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Does not contain a complete word.
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

If it is a passphrase

  • Is 20 to 30 characters long.
  • Is a series of words that create a phrase.
  • Does not contain common phrases found in literature or music.
  • Does not contain words found in the dictionary.
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords or passphrases.

Also use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols

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Also don’t forget the Microsoft Password Strength checking tool

Rob

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