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Chapter 7. Network Configuration > Enforce strong passwords

7.15. Enforce strong passwords

Windows 2000 by default doesn't require any specific password properties, which means a user can select a very simple password or even no password at all. In networks where security isn't a big concern, this lack of strong password enforcement doesn't pose a problem. Where security is a concern, however, enforcing strong passwords can help prevent brute force hack attacks on user accounts.

You can configure Windows 2000 to require a minimum password complexity. By default this means the password must not contain the username and must contain at least three of the following: English uppercase letters, English lowercase letters, Westernized Arabic numerals, and nonalphanumeric characters (!, @, #, and so on). With strong password enforcement turned on, Windows 2000 prevents users from specifying passwords that don't meet this criteria.


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