Strong Password Guidelines

Posted on February 25, 2018 By

Passwords are a means of controlling entry to Information Resources. Unauthorized access may compromise information availability, integrity plus confidentiality potentially resulting in liability, lack of revenue, loss of confidence and / or settlement to an organization.

Password specifications:

Passwords should:

  • Be changed when prompted
  • Be changed immediately if the protection of the password has been compromised or even is in doubt
  • Be dealt with as confidential information
  • Have as a minimum length 8 figures (15 is seen as best practice hi-strength security)
  • Consist of a mixture of alpha (A to Z), numeric (0 to 9) or specific characters (eg! £ $% & # +, some systems do not let some special characters)
  • Not be shared with anyone else, donated or even transmitted.


Strong Password: Having a strong security password is essential so that other users or "hacker" program can not guess it very easily. It is typically a minimum number of figures in length and should contain a mixture of alphabetic (Capitals and lower case), numeric, or special characters. Combine brief, unrelated words with numbers, specific characters, or mixed case. For example: eAt42peNs. (remembered as "Eat for two pence").

How to construct a Strong Password

A strong password is essential for a number of reasons: individuals wishing to split your password may use a piece of equipment, called a ' war dialer' which contains a group of software. This software contains every dictionary plus thesaurus written in most languages. The ' war dialer' will make an effort to break your password by examining it against all the words kept within the software. It is there in your best interest, both at home with work, to construct a strong password. This makes it less likely that the software can break your password.

Strong Password Guidelines

Passwords need to not be easily associated with this kind of personal information as:

  • your user name or logon ID your worker number
  • your given title
  • names of family members, co-office workers, friends, pets, fantasy characters, and so forth
  • your nickname
  • your own national insurance, social security or even driver' s license number
  • your birthday
  • your vehicle enrollment
  • your address or road name
  • your phone number
  • the name of your town or town
  • the name or abbreviation of the company or department
  • personal computer terms and names, commands, websites, companies hardware, software, etc .
  • commonly used industry terms abbreviations or even acronyms
  • word or amount patterns such as aaabbb, zyxwvut, 123321, etc .
  • make or type of a vehicle
  • slang words
  • obscenities
  • complex technical terms
  • your schools name, mascot, slogan or slogan
  • any information regarding you that is known or is simple to learn (favorite – food, colour, sport, etc . )
  • phrases that appear in a dictionary (English or foreign)
  • the invert of any of the above
  • just like other passwords selected for personal make use of outside of the office or passwords widely used on public web sites.

Importantly, do not use the same password regarding everything! If you do, you are placing yourself and your organization at high-risk. If your password for one web site, program or system is broken, they will all be broken : that will allow the hacker access to every thing! (**

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