Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

passwordSometimes abbreviated as PWD (not to be confused with the Linux pwd command), a password is a set of secret characters or words utilized to gain access to a computer, web page, network resource, or data. Passwords help ensure that computers or data can only be accessed by those who have been granted the right to view or access them.

Strong password - Term used to describe a password that is an effective password that would be difficult to break. Often a strong password has between six and ten characters (the more the better), numbers, other characters, and both upper and lowercase characters. Below is an example of a strong password.


Weak password - A password that is not an effective password because it's easy to remember. Names, birth dates, phone numbers, and easily guessable words are considered weak passwords. Below is an example of a weak password.


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