LuxSci allows customers to choose a minimum level of password strength for their users, that is applied when users are created and when they change their passwords. We have made several improvements to this process to help users choose more secure passwords:
- Symbols: Good passwords used to require the inclusion of both letters and numbers. This has been relaxed and made more secure by now allowing the use of “numbers or symbols”. E.g. passwords with symbols (like “$” or “%”) and/or spaces can be used even if there are no numbers involved. This is actually more secure.
- More Characters: Customers can set the minimum number of characters in their user passwords. Previously the largest minimum you could choose was 8 characters. Now, customers can choose to require passwords to contain at least 10, 12, or 16 characters.
- Hard to Guess: In addition to password length, LuxSci uses a measure to determine if the password is “hard to guess”. We have updated this determination so that it uses a new method that is much better at determining what computers can and cannot easily break.