Learn how to update and create strong passwords to protect your email or other accounts. Secure email passwords help block hackers and prevent phishing.
The best practice for creating a secure password is for your password to meet all of the criteria listed below:
- 8 or more characters in length, but the longer the password is, the better.
- Include ALL, not just some, of the following four character types:
- Lowercase letters
- Uppercase letters
- Obvious substitutions, such as '@' for 'A' or '3' for 'E', are not considered strong and should be avoided.
- Avoid personal details like important dates, phone numbers, addresses, and family names.
Email sending limits can be imposed on email accounts with older, weak passwords, which is important for businesses that need to send a lot of emails. These limits help prevent compromised accounts from doing too much damage to your reputation and can easily be changed by updating the password to a secure rating.