Password security – the basics
Last modified on 22 October 2017 04:43 PM
Choosing a strong password – resistant to guessing and brute-force hacks – is an important component of email security. StartMail will also assess your password’s strength for you, and for the sake of your security, passwords deemed "too weak" will not be accepted.
In addition to a strong password, we recommend using StartMail's 2-Factor Authentication.
Please keep the following guidelines in mind when creating your password:
How does StartMail determine password strength?
A password automatically receives a weak rating if it is on a blacklist or if it is the same as the username.
Once a password passes these checks, it is then tested for the presence of different types of characters (letters, numbers, capitals, and punctuation), with the presence of each type increasing the score.
The length of the password is then considered, with longer passwords being awarded a higher score. One of the most important factors is length: a seemingly "strong" password that is only a few characters long will always be weaker than a password that doesn't contain any special characters but is extremely long.
Based on the resulting score, a rating of "too weak," "strong" or "very strong" is assessed.
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