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Password hardening

Password hardening definition 

Password hardening refers to enhancing the security of passwords through various means such as using complex characters, enforcing password expiration policies, and utilizing additional security layers like MFA.

See also: Two-factor authentication, Alphanumeric password

Common password hardening methods

1. Complex passwords. Passwords should include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. 

2. Removing common passwords. Users should be discouraged from using common words or patters such as "password" and "123456."

3. Multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA adds an additional layer of security by requiring two or more verification methods to gain account access. 

4. Password managers. Password managers can generate, store, and autofill complex passwords for the user, removing the burden of having to remember each password for the user.

5. Account lockout policies. Companies can limt the number of failed login attempts before locking the account temporarily. 

6. Regular password updates. Changing passwords regularly can prevent third parties from accessing accounts through stolen password databases. 

7. Avoiding personal information. Easily accessible personal information in passwords, such as names or birthdays, makes them less secure. 

8. Advanced password policies. Policies requiring the use of passphrases, which are longer and often easier to remember than traditional passwords, can improve password security.