How to create a strong password for your Microsoft account

Applies to: Microsoft account

  • Strong passwords help prevent unauthorized people from accessing files, programs, and other resources, and should be difficult to guess or crack. A good password:

    • Is at least eight characters long

    • Doesn't contain your user name, real name, or company name

    • Doesn't contain a complete word

    • Is significantly different from previous passwords

    • Contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols