About Strong Passwords

Most security conscious organizations have password restrictions that prevent users from picking simple passwords. They typically require a minimum length and include a variety of different types of characters to create a “strong password.”

The common recommendation for a strong password was to have more than 8 characters with a mix of numbers, symbols, upper and lowercase letters.

This combination produces an astounding 7,200 trillion password options.

That mind-boggling set of choices could be increased further, but would still fail to account for one simple fact: Cybercriminals have access to data from previous security breaches that show the password choices humans have actually made.

Real world passwords exposed in previous data breaches quickly get funneled into cybercriminals’ cracking dictionaries, which means even a 50-character password wouldn’t be secure.

Even a 50 character password isn’t secure if it was previously compromised

The solution? There are a variety of new technologies from multi-factor authentication to biometrics that improve authentication, but as long as the password remains an important security layer, organizations must help users pick passwords that were not previously compromised.

Because users have no way of knowing which passwords have been compromised, PasswordPing provides services that make it easy for organizations to guide them to better choices.