Passwords are the first line of defense against break-ins to your online accounts,computer, tablet, or phone. Poorly chosen passwords can render your information vulnerable to criminals, so it’s important to make your passwords strong.
To help you create strong passwords, follow the same network security guidelines required of all Microsoft employees:
Strong passwords are phrases at least eight characters long (longer is better) that include at least three of the following: upper and lowercase letters, numerals, punctuation marks (?!.) and symbols.
This may come as a surprise, but it isn't wise to share passwords with others or store them on the device they're designed to protect.
Give passwords the thought they deserve and make them memorable. One way to do this is to start with a title of a favorite song or book, familiar slogan, or phrase - then juggle the letters or insert some numerals or puctuation marks. Below, see 2 examples of weak passwords.
*Note: This password checker does not guarantee the security of your password and is instead provided for your personal reference. The password you enter is checked and validated on your computer or tablet; it is not sent over the Internet. Microsoft does not store the information you enter into this password checker.
Avoid common password pitfalls
Cybercriminals use sophisticated tools to rapidly crack passwords, but you can help foil their attempts.
Personal identity information that could be guessed or easily discovered, like pet names, nicknames, birth date, address, or driver's license number.
Regular words that you would find in a dictionary in any language (including the word password—the most common password in the English language!).
Words spelled backwards, abbreviations, and common misspellings (accommodate, remember).
Common letter-to-symbol conversions, such as changing "o" to "0" or "i" to "1" or “!”.
Sequences or repeated characters: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard such as 'qwerty.'
Article ID: 3034160 - Last Review: Feb 4, 2015 - Revision: 1