What is a Complex Password ?
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A complex password is a password that can not be easily guessed or generated automatically. Our website passwords require:
- At least 8 characters
- At least one lower case letter (abcdefg etc)
- At least one upper case letter (ABCDEFG etc)
- At least one number or symbol
- No more than 2 successive identical characters
- At least 4 different letters
- No easily guessed words
The available symbol characters to use are:
! # $ % & ( ) * + - , : ; < = > ? @ Some examples of secure passwords are:
The passwords listed below are NOT secure:
- House2 (shorter than 8 characters)
- maintenance223 (does not contain an upper and lower case character)
- Beneficial (does not contain a number or symbol)
- Hefffalump2 (contains three successive characters)
- Abacab83 (does not contain at least 4 different letters)
Please avoid the use of easily guessed passwords such as "Password1"
Last Updated: Wednesday, 8th April 2009