Password Strength – It’s Important

Password strength is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in order to resist guessing, brute-force attacks, or other system breach tactics. Malicious actors evolve in their tactics and try various strategies to gain access to encoded systems. Therefore, it is no surprise; strong passwords are a minimum “must” in today’s complex internet world!

The strength of a password is a function of length, complexity, and unpredictability. Simply, increasing the length and type of characters or symbols will improve password strength. Avoiding words commonly found in a dictionary also increases password strength. If you search for the keywords “creating strong passwords”, you will find plethora of helpful articles and tools for creating strong passwords.

As you know Cloud Sites also enforce minimum password complexity as another security layer. Although the minimum length in the control panel is 8 characters, we suggest longer passwords (up to 20 characters) for more complexity and strength.

The following article provides guidelines for creating passwords for your account and FTP users within the Cloud Sites environment.

http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/password-requirements-for-cloud-sites