System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)

Choosing a Password

Many breaches of computer security involve guessing another user's password. While the passwd command enforces some criteria for making sure the password is hard to guess, a clever person can sometimes figure out a password just by knowing something about the user. Thus, a good password is one that is easy for you to remember but hard for someone else to guess. A bad password is one that is so hard for you to remember that you have to write it down (which you are not supposed to do), or that is easy for someone who knows about you to guess.

Password Requirements

A password must meet the following requirements:

Bad Choices for Passwords

Bad choices for passwords include:

Good Choices for Passwords

Good choices for passwords include: