Helpful Instructions for Configuring Outlook on Mobile Devices
The Exchange email system requires a password with a minimum of 8 characters, but can be up to 16 characters in length. Studies have shown that using a phrase as your password makes it easier to remember, and more secure. Your password must contain three of the four character types listed here:
- Upper case letters
- Lower case letters
- Special characters (?!#% etc.)
The best passwords or passphrases are things that are easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess. Here’s some Dos and Don’ts for making good passwords:
- Make a short two or three word phrase between 8 and 16 characters long as your password. You are more likely to remember it than a single word or jumble of random letters and numbers, and longer passwords are more secure.
- Remove spaces between the words in your pass phrase, as most systems don’t recognize spaces as valid characters.
- Mix words in your pass phrase that wouldn’t normally go together, to make it more difficult to guess. “BrownBeagles?” isn’t as secure as “BlueZebra!”as a pass phrase.
- Add length with numbers at the beginning or end of your phrase. “BlueZebra!2013” is even more secure
- Deliberately misspell a word or use a common abbreviation in your pass phrase. “BluZebra!2013” for example.
- Use any part of your name, or the names of family, friends, co-workers, or others associated with you that would be easy to guess. Avoid using their birthdates as well.
- Use any part of addresses or locations associated with you, like your home address, work address, or address of any place you are known to visit regularly.
- Use words of things around your office space. If you have Detroit Red Wings memorabilia all over your office, then “#1RedWingsFan” would be a bad password to have.
Follow these tips and you can easily create easy to remember, but difficult to guess passwords to keep your data safe.
Links to Microsoft Outlook How-To Documents:
The following links provide additional details on how to perform basic tasks in the new Microsoft Outlook email client. All links are available on the Microsoft Office support web site.