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12 Days of Passwords: 4 Password Types Not to Use

[12 DAYS OF PASSWORDS | 3 MIN READ]  Scratching your head not knowing what passwords to use the next time you need to generate a considerable amount of new passwords for clients? We have a piece to the puzzle where we identify four types of passwords NOT to use for your next password rotation.


Refrain from using these 4 password types...

When thinking of new passwords, refrain from using values known to be commonly-used, expected, or compromised, a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study reveals.

NIST established 4 main types of passwords that are easily cracked:

  1. Passwords obtained from previous breach (don't just tack a '1' at the end)

  2. Dictionary words (eg. 'apple')

  3. Repetitive or sequential characters (e.g. ‘aaaaaa’, ‘1234abcd’)

  4. Context-specific words, such as the name of the service, the username, and derivatives (e.g. 'MSP1', 'password1', 'ADMIN')

MSP Quick Tip Takeaway...

  • Still don't what passwords to use? Implement a password tool to help automate password generation at any frequency. Saves the hassle and alleviates technician time!
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