password requirenments

Saturday, July 11, 2009
to protect access to the computer, every user account should have a password. consider the following guidelines for passwords.
  • always assign a password to the administrator account to prevent unauthorized access to the account.
  • determine whether the administrator or the users will control passwords. you can assign unique passwords to user accounts and prevent users from changing them, or you can allow users to enter their own passwords the first time they log on. in most cases users should control their passwords.
  • use passwords that are hard to guess. for example avoid using passwords with an obvious association, such as a family members name.
  • passwords can contain up to 128 characters, a minimum length of 8 characters is recommend.
  • include both uppercase and lowercase letters (unlike user names, user passwords are case sensitive) numerals and the valid non-alphanumeric characters.

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