Microsoft Blog . Secure password
Create stronger passwords and protect them
What does “difficult to crack” mean?
A strong password:
- Contains at least eight characters.
- Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
- Does not contain a complete word.
- Is significantly different from previous passwords.
- Is different from passwords that you’ve used on other websites.
The best passwords are the most unpredictable
5 ways to protect your password
Once you’ve chosen a strong password, you can protect it from hackers by following a few simple rule:
- Don’t share your password with friends.
- Never give your password to people who call you on the phone or send unsolicited email, even if they claim to be from Microsoft.
- Change your password regularly.
- Tell your children not to share your passwords (or theirs) with anyone. Check back tomorrow for more guidance on how to help kids create and protect their passwords.
- Evaluate password managers and other password tools carefully. If they keep all your passwords in the cloud, they should use encryption. If the service has problems, understand that you might be locked out of your accounts.
Here is Microsoft’s latest advice on having and keeping a secure password
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