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NIST Password Best Practice Checklist

NIST Password Best Practice Checklist 23

NIST or National Institute of Standards and Technology has established itself as a authority figure for best practices on security and securing identities, password protection, and much more.

While developing new systems web application security is essential. 

Brief summary overview of 800-63 guidelines in a checklist. If you want to read the full guidelines NIST Special Publication 800-63 guidelines for 2019 

NIST Password Summary Checklist

Support at least 64 characters maximum length including all ASCII characters within password.

Minimum characters: 8 when set by a human and 6 whencreated by a system.

Avoid  password hints and knowledge-based authentication like your first dog.

Avoid password expiration period

Allow a minimum of 10 password attempts before lockout

No SMS for 2FA (two factor authenticator)

Consider using an app like Google Authenticator.

Check password against known password dictionaries.

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