1.3.8 Ensure 'New Password Differs By Characters' is greater than or equal to 3

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This checks all new passwords to ensure that they differ by at least three characters from the previous password.


This is one of several settings that, when taken together, ensure that passwords are sufficiently complex as to thwart brute force and dictionary attacks.


This prevents the use of passwords that fall into a predictable pattern. Especially in situations that involve staff turnover, having a pattern to password changes should be avoided.


Navigate to Device > Setup > Management > Minimum Password Complexity
Set New Password Differs By Characters to 3 or more

Default Value:

Not enabled.

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