A secure identifier that enables a user to access a secured resource. For example, a password can be used to log on to a network and access personal files.
Passwords are a part of a user’s credentials, which include, at a minimum, the username and password, and in a multidomain Microsoft Windows 2000–based or Windows NT–based enterprise also include the user’s domain.
Passwords are generally known only to users themselves and possibly to members of the Administrators or Account Operators group on Windows 2000–based or Windows NT–based networks.
If a user forgets his or her password, the user cannot log on to the network without contacting the administrator. On a Windows NT network, the administrator uses the tool User Manager for Domains to create a new password for the user. On a Windows 2000–based network, the administrator uses the Computer Management tool to create a new password for the user.
When establishing a password policy for your company, you should determine