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Article version: Enterprise Server 2.18

Creating a strong password

Secure your GitHub Enterprise account with a strong and unique password using a password manager.

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You must choose or generate a password for your GitHub Enterprise account that is:

  • Eight characters long, if it includes a number and a lowercase letter, or
  • 16 characters long with any combination of characters

To keep your account secure, we recommend you follow these best practices:

You can only use your password to log on to GitHub Enterprise using your browser. When you authenticate to GitHub Enterprise with other means, such as the command line or API, you should use other credentials. For more information, see "About authentication to GitHub."

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