How to create a strong password


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How to create a strong password

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Latest update: 2019 Jun 06 ID: 3730

We recommend that you use strong passwords to protect your personal data and prevent your accounts from being hacked. Always password-protect your accounts.

Strong password requirements

  • The password should consist of at least eight characters.
    If you are using Windows, make sure that a minimum password length of 8 characters is set in the operating system settings. See below for instructions.
  • The password should contain uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, spaces, and special characters.
    E.g. oNQZnz$Hx2.

Do not use

  • Personal information that is easy to find. E.g. your first or last name, your birthday.
  • Popular words and character combinations. E.g. password, admin, abcd, qwerty,1234567.

How to generate a password

  • Think of an algorithm to generate a password.
    For instance, take a favorite poem or saying as a base. Type it out in upper and lower case letters, then switch some of them for characters or digits that look similar, e.g. $TЯo№g P@Ѕsω0Rδ
  • Use a password generator.
    With Kaspersky Password Manager, you can generate strong passwords automatically, check the strength of your passwords, and store them in a secure vault. You can also add the Kaspersky Password Manager extension to your browser and fill password fields on websites automatically.

How often you should change passwords

We recommend that you change your password every three months.

Password protection measures

  • Do not share your passwords with anyone.
  • Do not keep your passwords written in a place where they can be easily found.
  • Use a password manager or a built-in password storage tool in your browser.
  • Use different passwords for each account. If you use the same passwords for every account, all your data can be put at risk at once.

How to check or change the minimum password length in Windows

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