Strong Passwords

U4: Passwords used on all systems for Harvard business should be of sufficient length and complexity to reasonably protect them from being guessed by humans or computers. Further, users must leverage multi-factor authentication (two-step verification) wherever supported. (Harvard systems behind HarvardKey authentication will meet our length, complexity, and multi-factor standards.)

See also: Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, 2, Users

How to Comply

Use a 4-digit PIN

For smartphones and tablets, a 4-8 digit PIN is acceptable as long as you also configure the device to erase itself after 10 bad password guesses. 

For Exchange users, this is a default and the user must set the PIN. See your device manual for instructions for those not using Exchange.

Use a password management application

Use a password management application like 1Password, LastPass, KeePass or iCloud Keychain that generates, stores and protects long, random, unique passwords