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Strong Password Guidelines


  • Should contain at least 8 characters
  • Should contain characters from at least 3 of the 4 groups:
    – upper case letters
    – lower case letters
    – numerics
    – special characters (!@#$%^&*()_+, etc).
  • Should not contain any part of the user’s username or full name.
  • Should not be a common word that can be found in a dictionary.
  • Should not be based on personal information such as: birth date, home town, pet’s name, phone, social security number, etc.
  • Should never use a detectable pattern, like 12345, nnnn, qwerty, etc.
  • Should never use a proper noun.
  • Should never be shared or revealed to anyone else.