Tips for Creating a Strong Password
Correct risky password behavior and reduce your chances of being hacked.
Passwords remain one of the main devices that businesses of all sizes use to safeguard their user accounts, networks and valuable data.
They also remain one of the most fragile, despite constant warnings that users are simply awful at managing passwords and that even the best passwords cannot replace other measures, such as encryption, to protect your most valuable assets.
Fortunately, the IT Downloads library has several sample policies and tools to help you manage passwords within your organization. All of these tools are available for free download to IT Business Edge subscribers.
If you want to get really gearheaded about password strength, the report also includes tables like the one below:
Protecting Your Passwords: This PowerPoint presentation from The Computer Guy is designed to help IT communicate the need for strong passwords and careful password management to your users - who always represent the greatest threat to password security.
A really strong password looks something like this: L*6v11E5Lgr. Not the easiest to remember, but not likely to be quickly guessed, either.
Password Policy Template: This sample policy from our partners at Info~Tech Research Group suggests that you require users to change their passwords at least every 90 days, at a bare minimum, or every 30 days if you are really serious about password security. The policy also spells out penalties for employees who fail to comply, up to termination for repeat offenders. So, yeah, it's pretty serious business.