Strong Password Policy

The Spambrella password policy or minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Passwords must be 12 characters long.
  • Passwords must contain at least one uppercase letter.
  • Passwords must contain at least one lowercase letter.
  • Passwords must contain at least one numeric character.
  • Passwords must contain at least one special character.

Using a password manager helps here, as it can create strong passwords and remember them for you. But, even if you use a password manager, you’ll at least need to create and a remember a strong password for your password manager.

So what constitutes a strong password?

  • A strong password should have 12 Characters or more.
  • You need to choose a password that’s long enough. You should generally go for passwords that are a minimum of 12 to 14 characters in length. A longer password would be even better of course!
  • Includes Numbers, Symbols, Capital Letters, and Lower-Case Letters: Use a mix of different types of characters to make the password harder to crack.
  • Isn’t a Dictionary Word or Combination of Dictionary Words: Stay away from obvious dictionary words and combinations of dictionary words. Any word on its own is bad. Any combination of a few words, especially if they’re obvious, is also bad. For example, “house” is a terrible password. “Red house” is also very bad.
  • Doesn’t Rely on Obvious Substitutions: Don’t use common substitutions, either — for example, “H0use” isn’t strong just because you’ve replaced an o with a 0 (zero). That’s just obvious.
  • Try to mix it up—for example, “BigHouse$123” fits many of the requirements here. It’s 12 characters and includes upper-case letters, lower-case letters, a symbol, and some numbers. But it’s fairly obvious—it’s a dictionary phrase where each word is capitalized properly. There’s only a single symbol, all the numbers are at the end, and they’re in an easy order to guess.