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Always require strong authentication

Rod Trent

The goal of an authentication system is to verify who a user is, which then determines what data is available to that user. Each company's security level needs will be different, but consider including the following in your password policy: Strong passwords are at least eight characters, do not contain all or part of the user's account name, and contain at least three of the four following categories of characters:

 

  • Uppercase letters

  • Lowercase letters

  • Base 10 digits

  • Symbols found on the keyboard (such as !, @, and #)

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