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These pointers can be applied in an home environment.

Quoted from Password policy recommendations for Office 365

Password guidelines for administrators
The primary goal of a more secure password system is password diversity. You want your password policy to contain lots of different and hard to guess passwords. Here are a few recommendations for keeping your organisation as secure as possible.
  • Maintain an 8-character minimum length requirement (longer isn't necessarily better)
  • Don't require character composition requirements. For example, *&(^%$
  • Don't require mandatory periodic password resets for user accounts
  • Ban common passwords, to keep the most vulnerable passwords out of your system
  • Educate your users to not re-use their organisation passwords for non-work related purposes
  • Enforce registration for multi-factor authentication
  • Enable risk-based multi-factor authentication challenges

Password guidance for your users
Here's some password guidance for users.
  • Don't use a password that is the same or similar to one you use on any other websites
  • Don't use a single word, for example, password, or a commonly-used phrase like Iloveyou
  • Make passwords hard to guess, even by those who know a lot about you, such as the names and birthdays of your friends and family, your favourite bands, and phrases you like to use

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