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What is a Strong Password?

 

2016

What is a strong Password?


A strong password is critical to keeping your information safe, in general a longer simpler password is safer than a short complicated password. A strong password must:

  • Eight characters or more characters long.
  • Contain at least three of the following:
    • Upper case characters (A,B,C,D)
    • Lower case characters (a,b,c,d)
    • Numeric characters (1,2,3,4)
    • Special characters (#,^,$,!)

As a general rule of thumb a different password should be used for different log-ins (ex. don't use your student log-in password for your personal email). It is also considered a best practice to change your password periodically. A password manager such as LastPass or KeePass can be used to help manage large numbers of long secure passwords.

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