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Password Policy Guide

Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorised access to your devices, accounts and personal information.

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Written by Adelle Naidoo
Updated over a week ago

As the world progresses rapidly with new advancements in technology, so does the need for privacy & protection.

Advancing password cracking techniques and computing power have reduced the effectiveness of previously established best practices for privacy and security. Now, there is a vital need for passphrase complexity, rather than the usual 4-digit passcode.

What is a Passphrase?

A passphrase is a grouping of words or other text used to control access to a PC framework, program or information. It is like a password, but for added security, a passphrase is generally longer.

Therefore, we recommend all credentials to adopt passphrase complexity requirements by following the below:

  • Use longer passphrase of eight (8) characters or more;

  • Recommend to contain characters from two of the following three character classes:

    • Alphabetic (i.e., A-Z or a-z)

    • Numeric (i.e., 0-9);

  • Punctuation and other characters (e.g., !@#$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:”;'<>?,./)

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