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What is a Strong Password?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Strong PasswordsOver the last few years, strong passwords have been increasingly required when logging into multiple websites as well as desktop applications.  The use of these strong passwords is intended to thwart any unwanted attacks by individuals trying to access your personal or business information.

Microsoft Security recommends that your passwords contain the following information:

  • Letters – Both Upper and Lower Case
  • Punctuation
  • Symbols
  • Numbers

Microsoft also recommends that your passwords are long, at least 14 characters.  If you have been using the previous standard length of 8 characters you can test the strength of you passwords by going to Microsoft’s Secure Password Checker.

If you are looking for more information on recommendations for strong passwords feel free to check out the Microsoft Safety & Security Center.

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